iFixIt Rips Open The New Thunderbolt Display’s Skin, Finds A Lot of Chips Inside

Almost a full computer inside… Impressive.

Cult of Mac
John Brownlee

Our favorite friends at iFixIt have taken their rusty bone saws and hacked through the aluminized breastplate of Apple’s new 27-inch Thunderbolt display to find what they find inside

Their conclusion? Considering the fact that there’s no computer inside this thing, the Thunderbolt display sure has a lot of guts!

Noting that the Thunderbolt display uses the same 27-inch panel as recent iMacs, held onto the aluminum case with the help of heavy-duty suction cups, iFixIt found that “both sides of the logic board are packed with enough chips that it’s hard to believe there’s no computer inside this display.”

In addition, the new Thunderbolt display has a surprisingly beefy sound system. iFixIt found some massive speaker enclosures near the side edges of the Display, and ultimately managed to find a 49-Watt 2-speaker sound system and a miniature subwoofer inside.

There’s a surprising amount of hardware in this thing for a display. Can’t wait to see the new Thunderbolt iMacs that this display gets based upon.

You can find the full teardown here.



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