2011 MacBook Pro Can Support Two External Displays Via Thunderbolt

Posted in Apple News, Mac on 15/07/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


Thunderbolt is finally starting to release its thunder, as the first 3rd-party Thunderbolt products were recently released, and today Apple all but confirmed that a Thunderbolt-enabled Cinema Display will be with us shortly, and as a new report indicates, it turns out that both the new 2011 MacBook Pros as well as the new 2011 Thunderbolt-enabled iMacs can both handle two external displays simultaneously by using Thunderbolt.

Apple themselves leaked an image (above) that shows a Thunderbolt MacBook Pro hooked up to two separate Apple Cinema Displays, which will come as a very welcome feature to pro-level users of the notebooks, as hooking up two monitors in this fashion with previous MacBook Pros required the use of additional third-party adapters, and would usually take up one of your USB ports as well.

Interestingly, MacRumors points out that only the 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro models can support this functionality, but the 13″ models apparently can’t, despite the fact that they are equipped with Thunderbolt as well. Could this mean that the new MacBook Airs will lack this ability as well? Only time will tell.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.