Apple Thunderbolt Cable (0.5m) - White
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 a Thunderbolt-equipped system to a Thunderbolt device. Connect a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac in target disk mode to another Mac for fast data access or system migration, or network two Thunderbolt-equipped computers.
What’s in the Box
Apple Thunderbolt Cable
- MacBook Air (13-inch, early 2015 to 2017)
- MacBook Air (11-inch, early 2015)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, late 2012 to 2015)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, mid-2012 to 2015)
- iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, late 2015)
- iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, late 2014 to 2015)
- Mac Pro (late 2013)
- Mac mini (late 2014)
Answers from the community
What cable will I need to use a Samsung T5 as a external boot drive for a 21.5 inch iMac late 2015.
- Asked by John B from Yateley
- on 12 Oct. 2019
Can I connect a new Mac Mini to a new iMac for display purposes using the Thunderbolt cable.
- Asked by William M from Bannockburn
- on 9 Aug. 2012
I can answer this myself as I took a chance and bought the cable. Connect the Mac Mini to the 27" iM I can answer this myself as I took a chance and bought the cable. Connect the Mac Mini to the 27" iMac via the Thunderbolt cable and press cmd + F2 on the iMac keyboard to enter target display mode. The iMac becomes the display for the Mini, works a treat.
- Answered by William M from Bannockburn
- on 5 Sep. 2012
How can i connect the new iMac 27'' (model late 2012) to another computer monitor screen (non-Apple monitor)?
- Asked by Neville T from Singapore
- on 5 Mar. 2013
What is wrong with USB that I have to use Thunderbolt?
- Asked by Jonathan B from London
- on 11 Dec. 2013
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.
- Answered by Cong W from SAN FRANCISCO
- on 13 Jan. 2014
I have a late 2012 27inch iMac and a late 2012 21.5 inch iMac both with thunderbolt sockets. Can I connect the two together using the 21 as a monitor
1 Answer(I have a late 2012 27inch iMac and a late 2012 21.5 inch iMac both with thunderbolt sockets. Can I connect the two together using the 21 as a monitor)
- Asked by Hedi T from VANCOUVER
- on 17 Feb. 2019