The Essential Guide to Updating Your Thunderbolt Display Firmware

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Are you having trouble with your Apple Thunderbolt Display? If so, then you may need to update your display’s firmware. Updating the display’s firmware can help resolve common issues and ensure that it is functioning properly. In this blog post, we’ll cover the steps necessary for updating the firmware on your Apple Thunderbolt Display.

To begin, make sure you have the latest version of macOS installed on your computer. You can check this by going to the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your screen and selecting System Preferences. From there, click General in the sidebar and select Software Update to confirm that you have the most up-to-date version of macOS installed.

Once you’ve confirmed that you are running the most recent version of macOS, it’s time to update your Thunderbolt Display’s firmware. To do this, start by visiting Intel’s website and locating the Thunderbolt 3 Firmware download page. On this page, select “Download” on the right side of the page and wait for it to finish downloading. Once downloaded, locate and run the executable file that was just downloaded on your computer (in Google Chrome, this appears at the bottom of the Chrome window). This will open an installation program where you will be prompted to follow a series of instructions for updating your display’s firmware.

Once these steps are complete, you should restart your computer and unplug/replug your monitor before attempting to use it again. If these steps don’t fix any potential issues with your monitor then try plugging it straight into a wall outlet instead of using a surge protector as this could also be contributing to any problems that you may be experiencing with your display.

We hope this article has been helpful in teaching you how to update your Apple Thunderbolt Display’s firmware! We recommend performing regular updates as needed to ensure that everything is functioning properly and in good working order!

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Updating Thunderbolt Firmware

Updating your Thunderbolt firmware is easy. First, go to the Intel website and locate the Thunderbolt 3 Firmware on the list. Then, click “Download” on the right side of the page. Once downloaded, locate the downloaded file on your computer (in Google Chrome, it appears at the bottom of the window) and run it. Follow the on-screen instructions to install and update to the latest version. If you need more information or help with troubleshooting, please refer to Intel’s support pages for more detailed instructions.

Updating Apple Monitor Firmware

Updating your Apple monitor firmware is a simple process. First, you will need to make sure that you have the latest version of macOS installed on your Mac. From the Apple menu? in the corner of your screen, choose System Preferences, then click Displays in the sidebar. Click on the Monitor tab and check to see if there are any updates available. If so, click Update Now to install them. You may be prompted to restart your computer after installation is complete. Once restarted, your monitor should be running with the updated firmware.

Does Apple Still Support the Thunderbolt Display?

No, Apple no longer supports the Thunderbolt Display. The display was discontinued in June 2016 and replaced by LG UltraFine displays for consumers, and the Pro Display XDR for professionals. Apple is no longer providing any software updates or repair services for the Thunderbolt Display. However, third-party companies may still provide support for it.

Troubleshooting Issues with a Thunderbolt Display

If your Thunderbolt display is not working, it could be caused by a variety of factors. It could be a software issue, such as the display’s firmware is out of date or the computer’s operating system being out of date. It could also be a hardware issue, such as the cable connecting your display to your computer being faulty or damaged, or the power source not providing enough power to your display. To troubleshoot this issue, try updating the firmware for the display and restarting your computer. If that doesn’t work, try plugging your display directly into the wall instead of using a surge protector. If you’re still having issues after trying these steps, then it may be best to contact Apple support for assistance.

Updating Thunderbolt Firmware on Windows 10

To update your Thunderbolt firmware on Windows 10, you’ll need to first download the latest version of the Thunderbolt software for your computer from the manufacturer’s website.

1. Go to the manufacturer’s website and click “Get software and drivers.”
2. Enter the model number of your computer, which is located on the label of your computer service tag, and then select “Find my product.”
3. Click on the link for your specific computer model, select your operating system (Windows 10), and then download the latest version of Thunderbolt software.
4. Install the Thunderbolt software by following any on-screen instructions that may appear during installation.
5. Once installation is complete, open the Thunderbolt Software application from your desktop or the Start menu.
6. In the Thunderbolt Software window, select “Firmware” from the left panel and then click “Update Firmware Now” in order to update any available firmware updates for your device(s).
7. Follow any additional instructions that appear in order to complete the process and restart your computer after all firmware updates have been installed successfully.

Checking Monitor Firmware Updates

To check your monitor’s firmware version, you need to navigate to the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu. To do this, press the ‘Menu’ button on your monitor. From there, select the ‘Setup Menu’ option and then select ‘Information’. On this page, you will be able to see your current firmware version.

If you would like to update your monitor’s firmware, you need to first obtain the latest version of the firmware from the manufacturer’s website. Once downloaded, follow the instructions provided with the firmware update. The instructions will guide you through how to install it on your monitor.


In conclusion, updating the firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt Display is an important step in ensuring your system is running properly and taking advantage of the latest features. The process can be done by downloading the required file from the Intel website, running the executable file, and following the on-screen instructions. After completing the update, it is recommended to restart your computer and unplug/plug back in your monitor to ensure all changes have taken effect. If this does not fix any issues you may be experiencing, try plugging your display directly into a wall socket as a surge protector could also be causing the issue.

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