Here's what I have:

  • 2011 15" Macbook Pro (with Thunderbolt)
  • 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display
  • 27" Apple Cinema Display

From what I've read, I cannot connect both displays by daisy chaining:

MacBook Pro -> Thunderbolt Display -> Cinema Display

What are my options for connecting both displays to a 15" Macbook Pro?

2 Answers 2


From what I've read, the inability to connect a mini DisplayPort device to an Apple Thunderbolt Display is because of a bug in the Apple Thunderbolt Display. If you connect another device in between the Thunderbolt Display and the Cinema Display, they both should work along with your MacBook Pro's internal screen.

  • 3
    Yes, I've read about running through another non-display device. I wonder what the cheapest Thunderbolt pass-through peripheral is. macworld.com/article/1162365/…
    – Wavy Crab
    May 15, 2012 at 18:53
  • Do you know if this still applies for the current generation of Apple Thunderbolt Displays?
    – Drux
    Feb 13, 2015 at 8:13
  • @WavyCrab did you find something? :-)
    – Timo Ernst
    Sep 3, 2016 at 23:35

I just solved the same issue.

MacBokPro 15" 2019 -> Apple TB3/TB2 Adapter -> Thunderbolt Display -> Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock (TB1), Model # F4U055 -> Cinema Display

After research the cheapest solution I found was to use a Thunderbolt 1 dock in between the Tunderbolt Display and the Cinema Display, I paid 70€ for a used one.

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