Easily connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to a FireWire device with the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter. Small and compact, it connects to the Thunderbolt port on your Mac computer, giving you a FireWire 800 port that supplies up to 7W for bus-powered peripherals like hard drives and audio devices.
What's in the Box?
- Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter with built-in Thunderbolt cable
- OS X v10.7.4 or later
- Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer
Ratings & Reviews
not enough power
It does adapt the thunderbolt port to make it a firewire port, but it's not as good a Firewire port as you can find on any cheap o It does adapt the thunderbolt port to make it a firewire port, but it's not as good a Firewire port as you can find on any cheap old MBP from years ago. It lacks power, which means that some external drives and devices won't work and there is a limit to how many devices you can daisy chain.
So we need an adaptor and this is the only one, but it's not Apple's finest hour.. …
- Written by Fergus M from Kirkcaldy
177 of 191 people found this useful
Doesn't work with my Motu 8pre the sole reason for purchase. Rubbish
- Written by Gregg B from Hornsey
161 of 195 people found this useful
1 step forward, 2 steps back!!!!
WARNING! Does not produce enough power to run high capacity mobile drives i.e. the G-Tech G-RAID Mini...
Luckily I tested it i WARNING! Does not produce enough power to run high capacity mobile drives i.e. the G-Tech G-RAID Mini...
Luckily I tested it is advance of playing a gig at the weekend using Serato.
I can't believe that Apple hasn't considered the fact that the majority of creative professionals need high capacity fast mobile storage.
I suppose we now need to wait for 2Tb Thunderbolt enabled SSD drives which by my reckoning will cost more than the MacBook Pro!!!! …
- Written by Chris B from LONDON
147 of 169 people found this useful
Bad Connection, could potentially damage your external hardware
I bought this adaptor solely for use with my Macbook Pro 15" Retina mid 2012 and a Focusright Saffire Pro 40 sound interface. When I bought this adaptor solely for use with my Macbook Pro 15" Retina mid 2012 and a Focusright Saffire Pro 40 sound interface. When it connects it works perfectly, however the connection is easily broken by any slight movement of the laptop - completely negating the point of the adaptor. Not only is this incredibly frustrating for creatives (imagine recording musicians mid session and this happens!!!!!!!) but potentially damaging for the hardware. I can only imagine the anger of people who's hard drives have been damaged due to this badly designed adapter.
I should also note that my laptop was stolen mid 2013 and I replaced it with the newer model macbook pro 15" with retina - the ports are exactly the same and the same problem with the apple thunderbolt to firewire adapter continues to occur. I have a third party svga to thunderbolt adapter and funnily enough it's build quality is far superior, never comes out the port. Avoid this adapter at all costs if possible. …
- Written by Ashley E from Bookham
1 of 1 people found this useful
I'm very happy for the people (who seem to amount to less than half) who's adapters work fine but I've not been so lucky. Who woul I'm very happy for the people (who seem to amount to less than half) who's adapters work fine but I've not been so lucky. Who would have thought luck would ever be a factor in an Apple product working or not? I use mine to connect my latest (as of end 2013) Retina Macbook to a MOTU 828 mkiii and I have to keep everything absolute still for it to stay connected, which kind of defeats the point of a laptop right? This results in me being in a constant state of terror while simultaneously mixing and performing live music (as if that isn't stressful enough as it is) and transferring data to and from my firewire drives. It doesn't fall out completely but it may as well 'cause the effect is the same. Thunderbolt end feels very loose when plugged in.
I've always saved for longer to buy Apple 'cause, in the past at least, you feel safe in the knowledge that everything will work brilliantly. So I can't help feeling utterly betrayed after my life-long loyalty to the brand. What are you gonna do about this, Apple????? I would very much appreciate an answer and/or a replacement while I've still got hair please!
Gutted! :( …
- Written by Sebastian R from Whitstable
4 of 4 people found this useful
Works but VERY sensitive to movement
I use this with my Apogee Duet and it works okay incl. powering the unit. However, it is so sensitive to any movement of the Macbo I use this with my Apogee Duet and it works okay incl. powering the unit. However, it is so sensitive to any movement of the Macbook Pro Retina that it will drop the connection in an instant. Then have to unplug - replug, wait for it to connect again. Apple should recheck the fit if this and adjust the manufacturing design by a fraction to make it sit more snugly. Wish I didn't have to use it... …
- Written by Mike C from Wrexham
2 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can I use this cable with my sapphire pro40
- Asked by Ld H
I use it with mine, so yes you can. Be wary of the bad connection with the adaptor though, it falls I use it with mine, so yes you can. Be wary of the bad connection with the adaptor though, it falls out with the slightest movement. …
- Answered by Ashley E
I have a Sony Hi 8 video camera. How do I transfer the video to my MacBook Pro 13 Retina with Thunderbolt?
- Asked by Dan K from Des Moines
The thunderbolt adapter is for FireWire 800.
If you have FireWire 400 (the original), then you migh The thunderbolt adapter is for FireWire 800.
If you have FireWire 400 (the original), then you might be able to use the Belkin FireWire 800/400 9-Pin/6-Pin Cable (2 m/6.6 ft.) which is available from Apple. …
- Answered by Donald H from Fayetteville
Will I be able to use this cable to connect a Firewire iSight camera to a Mac Mini?
- Asked by Rod M
Two screens on macbookair using mavericks
- Asked by Yitzhak K from Santa Clara
Can I go from a firewire port to a thunderbolt device using this product?
- Asked by Michael M from Arcadia
No, this is not possible.
- Answered by Florian D