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
Died after 3 months
Worked okay for the first few weeks then I found myself losing the drives whilst working. This was rectified by reseating the cabl Worked okay for the first few weeks then I found myself losing the drives whilst working. This was rectified by reseating the cable but was frustrating,
I had a fairly stable period of about a month until finally it just stopped working completely. At the end of the day it's just a lead but it is still annoying.
I'll have to get it replaced and see if the second one fairs any better. …
- Written by Neil G from Chafford Hundred
3 of 5 people found this useful
Works OK, yet no 3 metre version?
Had several Thunderbolt cables. The Apple ones all work as expected, however the gauge is a bit thicker than other manufacturers f Had several Thunderbolt cables. The Apple ones all work as expected, however the gauge is a bit thicker than other manufacturers for some reason, so a star off for that.
(e.g. I especially like the StarTech cables, specifically as they do a 3 metre one, but also as they're all a little bit thinner than the Apple ones, so can be wound-up really easily, and being black don't show the dirt and scuff marks.)
Also, Apple for some reason do not offer a 3 metre version? Ever since the release of their first Thunderbolt device 2 years ago they have weirdly never bothered to release one, which means I'm often forced into buying a third-party one (as mentioned above) in order to put the peripheral device at the desired distance away from the host computer.
And a star knocked-off for the price. Yes, I know they have controllers in them, but mass consumption should have lowered them further by now, I feel.
Lol, just awaiting these longer optical-only Thunderbolt cables, many would like to use (provided cost comes down a lot more!), as our peripherals are self powered so can already use them. Well, one can dream! ;-) …
- Written by James S from Hove
12 of 24 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
Thunderbolt port to mini-Displayport via Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable
- Asked by Andrew M from Darien
The simple answer is no. The Mini-DisplayPort in your 2009-era iMac won't understand the thunderbol The simple answer is no. The Mini-DisplayPort in your 2009-era iMac won't understand the thunderbolt signal. The Mini-DisplayPort in your iMac doesn't have a data channel the way ThunderBolt does, so it can't work in Target mode. Also, I've tried connecting ThunderBolt MacBooks to my 2009-era 27" iMac with a Mini-DisplayPort cable and the iMac doesn't recognize the laptop and doesn't display it's contents on the screen.
Sadly. despite looking physically identical, ThunderBolt and Mini-DisplayPort don't play well together. …
- Answered by Matthew S from Toronto
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
Can I connect a 2011 Macbook Pro to a 2013 Macbook Air and use the Air as a second display for the 2011?
- Asked by Jonathan C from Pittsburg
No you cannot. Connecting the two computers would just allow you to access the hard drive of the oth No you cannot. Connecting the two computers would just allow you to access the hard drive of the other MacBook. …
- Answered by Michael K from Clearlake
Can an iMac (Aug 2011) be used in target display mode with my MacBook Air (2012)?
- Asked by C E C
You can use any iMac with a Thunderbolt port as an external monitor for another Mac that has a Thund You can use any iMac with a Thunderbolt port as an external monitor for another Mac that has a Thunderbolt port as well. If you have the education-only model of the 21.5" iMac that started selling in august of 2011, you're out of luck, because it has not Thunderbolt port. …
- Answered by Nicolas E