Apple Intros 27-inch Thunderbolt Display

Apple introduced its new Apple Thunderbolt Display on Wednesday, following the release of OS X Lion and the unveiling of Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Air and Mac mini models. As its name suggests, the new display includes built-in Thunderbolt support.

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The Apple Thunderbolt Display offers 2560 x 1440 resolution, with IPS switching for wide viewing angles, LED backlighting, a built-in ambient light sensor, stereo speakers and a built-in microphone. It’s built-in camera is now the same FaceTime HD camera Apple introduced earlier this year with the Thunderbolt MacBook Pro, and it includes a FireWire 800 port, three USB 2.0 ports, and Gigabit Ethernet along with its Thunderbolt port.

The display includes a built-in MagSafe charger for Apple’s laptops, and it’s Thunderbolt connector handles video and data, turning the display into a giant connection hub. It also supports using the built-in Thunderbolt port to drive a second monitor.

Two displays, one MacYou can daisy chain Thunderbolt Displays

The display requires a Mac with a Thunderbolt port, which at this point includes all new Mac models except for the Mac Pro.

The Apple Thunderbolt Display is priced at US$999, and is available for order today, although the company is showing a six to eight week shipping delay.