Thunderbolt technology supports fast data transfers with two independent channels of 10 Gbps each. And Thunderbolt 2 technology can bond the two channels for a super-fast 20 Gbps. Use this cable to connect Thunderbolt-enabled devices to the Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port on your Mac.
The Apple Thunderbolt Cable lets you connect two Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computers in target disk mode, network two Mac computers with OS X Mavericks or use your iMac as a display for a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.
What's in the Box?
- Apple Thunderbolt Cable
Ratings & Reviews
Thunderbolt cable from Apple
Quality product. It is just a cable so there isn't much more one can say. I bought it at the original price of $49.99 and now see Quality product. It is just a cable so there isn't much more one can say. I bought it at the original price of $49.99 and now see that the price has dropped to a somewhat more reasonable level. From a purely functional viewpoint, it would get 5 stars. Throw in the price and one star gets taken away. If Apple is serious about pushing Thunderbolt sales, these cables should be sold at near cost (including shipping) until the price becomes reasonable, IMHO. …
- Written by Patrick M from Toledo
113 of 138 people found this useful
one good, one dead
Bought two of these at the original price of $50. Opened one and used it to connect a thunderbolt Lacie 2Big drive. Didn't turn Bought two of these at the original price of $50. Opened one and used it to connect a thunderbolt Lacie 2Big drive. Didn't turn on. Thought the drive was dead, got another drive. Then that was dead. So I swapped cables and voila the new drive worked. So the problem was that one of my 2 cables was dead on arrival (DOA). On insertion, it felt notably more "tough" to insert than the second (good) cable. Of course I didn't know how a thunderbolt cable should feel on insertion since the DOA one was the first I'd ever used. …
- Written by BERNARD G from Chelsea
117 of 165 people found this useful
This cable stopped working after maybe a couple dozen uses. I used it to connect my macbook to a Vizio tv. Nothing changed in how This cable stopped working after maybe a couple dozen uses. I used it to connect my macbook to a Vizio tv. Nothing changed in how the cable was used, it simply stopped transmitting picture and sound to the TV. For $40, I certainly expected better. …
- Written by Jack G from Cambridge
75 of 112 people found this useful
Unreliable, unreliable, unreliable
If this cable is bumped, even slightly, or if the computer is moved a bit, everything it connects to gets disconnected (I have a B If this cable is bumped, even slightly, or if the computer is moved a bit, everything it connects to gets disconnected (I have a Belkin dock, so that's three disk drives, a scanner, and Ethernet at a minimum); and since the cable has an inch long header with active circuitry built in, it's just hanging out waiting to be bumped. Finally, it just stopped working at all. …
- Written by James K from Westborough
3 of 3 people found this useful
Cable is really expensive and has now stopped working. This is really annoying!
- Written by Benjamin W from Coogee
Please Make These Cables in Different Colors!
Love the capabilities these cords posses. Wishing I could get them color coded. At least make the plastic connector in different c Love the capabilities these cords posses. Wishing I could get them color coded. At least make the plastic connector in different colors. Please design them ask (RED) to sponsor the Red ones to start then watch to see if people respond to the change. PLEASE AND THANK YOU! & just another thought dual and quad connectors on one cord... …
- Written by Thomas S from Hypoluxo
1 of 5 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
thunderbolt to VGA
- Asked by Stacy W from Chapel Hill
You can use a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter, available from the Apple Store. Thunderbolt is backwa You can use a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter, available from the Apple Store. Thunderbolt is backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort. …
- Answered by Adam B from Saint Paul
Are USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt compatible, is there an adapter presently on the market? If not can I upgrade my USB 2.0 to 3.0 on my Macbook?
- Asked by Joshua T from South Abington Township
In short the answer is no, there is no adapter at present.
I agree though, there needs to be an a In short the answer is no, there is no adapter at present.
I agree though, there needs to be an adaptor, USB 3.0 is widely available, and affordable. I cannot afford thunderbolt drives, but I already own usb 3.0 drives, but i cannot utilize their speeds. An adaptor for my Macbook Pro would be hugely needed. …
- Answered by Jacob V
What is wrong with USB that I have to use Thunderbolt?
- Asked by Jonathan B
Thunderbolt is a more versatile interface than USB, it can transfer both data and video signal. That Thunderbolt is a more versatile interface than USB, it can transfer both data and video signal. That means you only need one port to accomplish data transfer and video output, there is no need for two separate ports (ex. USB and DisplayPort). Thunderbolt uses the old Mini DisplayPort so you can still use your VGA/DVI adapters. Thunderbolt also have Daisy Chain capability, you can connect up to 6 devices on one Thunderbolt port (ex. You don't need 6 ports to connect 6 devices).
Like another commenter said, the theoretical speed of Thunderbolt is up to 10GB/s, or 20GB/s for TB2. Whereas USB 3.0 is only 5GB/s. Although the practical speed won't be much different as the hard drives are nowhere close to that speed. A 5400rpm HDD will be >100MB/s, 7200rpm will be ~150MB/s (my numbers might be a little off), SSDs will range from 300MB/s to 700MB/s (depends on the NAND used). With that said, USB 3.0 is good enough for simple storage use (TB might be better for RAID and other storage systems), especially if you count in the cost factor. Your practical transfer speed depend more on the hard drive you use, so I suggest you to spend the money on a good hard drive/SSD.
Because Thunderbolt combines Mini DisplayPort and PCIe. Theoretically, you can get an external PCIe adapter and plug in something like a GPU (assuming the "drivers" and power supports). I'm particularly interesting in this because Apple doesn't like to give you a strong GPUs to drive a 2880x1880 Retina display on a 15" rMBP. Anyway, PCIe is a strong interface and it can add endless possibilities to a Mac. There is more to Thunderbolt than people think.
Good luck! …
- Answered by Cong W from San Francisco
How many devices can be connected - simultaneously - to one thunderbolt port?
- Asked by Diego G from Salvador
Thunderbolt is a point-to-point interface, that also allows daisy-chaining to up to seven devices. T Thunderbolt is a point-to-point interface, that also allows daisy-chaining to up to seven devices. The new iMacs have other ports besides just Thunderbolt out their back, so in effect it already is a hub for these different port types. IF you want to chain via the Thunderbolt port, you need to make sure each device connected to your iMac has two Thunderbolt ports, one for its "upstream" Thunderbolt partner and one for its "downstream" device chain. Be careful, though, for not all Thunderbolt devices have this second port, so they have to be wired into your string as the last/end-point …
- Answered by Tom R from Cupertino