updated 04:15 pm EDT, Fri July 15, 2011
Will likely make switch to Thunderbolt
Apple's impending Mac hardware refresh should include a new Cinema Display, a report reveals. A part number originally thought to be for a new MacBook, MC914, is instead said to be for the new monitor. Backing this up is a named image off Apple's own website, showing not a notebook but a Cinema Display with one of the stock OS X Lion wallpapers active.
A series of images in fact show the monitor paired with various Macs, including the Mini, Pro, iMac and MacBook Pro. All of the depicted computers resemble current models. This may suggest that any upcoming refreshes will keep the same external design, or that the new Cinema Display will be available before the likes of updated Pros are on the market.
The new monitor is expected to connect to Macs through a Thunderbolt cable. Supporting this is an image of a MacBook Pro with two daisy-chained Cinema Displays. Apple has, moreover, been quick to expand Thunderbolt support wherever possible, not only adding it to Macs but putting out cables and highlighting Thunderbolt-compatible storage.