Thunderbolt technology supports fast data transfers with two independent channels of 10Gb/s each. And Thunderbolt 2 technology can bond the two channels for a superfast 20Gb/s. 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
Worth the extra money
I originally bought a cheaper thunderbolt cable from a different vendor, thinking I would save a few bucks. After a month or so, I originally bought a cheaper thunderbolt cable from a different vendor, thinking I would save a few bucks. After a month or so, my thunderbolt drive would randomly eject itself, and the cable connectors would get hot. After about a week of this, it got to the point that I could not get my thunderbolt drive to even mount anymore. I went to the local apple store and purchased one of their cables, and the difference in quality is apparent. The Apple brand cable is easily over twice as thick as the other cable, making it look like a spaghetti noodle. I've been using the apple cable since, about 3-4 months with no problems. Well worth the money. …
- Written by Robert M from Palmer
12 of 14 people found this useful
Works as expected
I had to replace a ThunderBolt cable that I got with my Lacie 1TB drive because one of the connectors kept getting so hot that one I had to replace a ThunderBolt cable that I got with my Lacie 1TB drive because one of the connectors kept getting so hot that one day it caused the drive to shutdown completely.
This new Apple cable seems to run much cooler than the old one. Lets hope it stays that way. …
- Written by Thomas M from South Hutchinson
49 of 57 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
thunderbolt to VGA
- Asked by Stacy W from Chapel Hill
- Jul 3, 2011
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
- Sep 10, 2011
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
- Jan 2, 2012
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
- May 3, 2012
Thunderbolt port to mini-Displayport via Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable
- Asked by Andrew M from Darien
- Jan 8, 2013
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
- Jan 15, 2013
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
- Jun 3, 2014
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
- Aug 22, 2014
Can an iMac (Aug 2011) be used in target display mode with my MacBook Air (2012)?
- Asked by C E C
- Feb 11, 2012
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
- Aug 16, 2012