I have a MacBook Pro that I purchased in December 2010 that has a Mini DisplayPort, but no Thunderbolt port. I would like to purchase a monitor for my machine. What I would really like is one of the 27" Apple displays.
Further, I would like to continue using this monitor when I inevitably replace the laptop with a newer model in 2 or 3 years. Therefore, I would much prefer to have a state-of-the art Thunderbolt monitor, rather than the non-Thunderbolt Cinema Display monitor.
Searching the Internet for this seems to indicate that this is not something that's at all doable. I'm just wondering if anybody has recently come out with an adaptor or other solution that would allow me to use the Thunderbolt display in a Mini DisplayPort machine. At this point, I'd even consider something in the $100-$200 range, if such a product exists. It is even acceptable to me (though less ideal) if the monitor's built-in camera, USB ports, and ethernet port will not be useable with the solution.