Thunderbolt 3 (USB‑C) Cable (0.8 m)
This 0.8-metre cable supports Thunderbolt 3 data transfer at up to 40 Gbps, USB 3.1 Gen 2 data transfer at up to 10 Gbps, DisplayPort video output (HBR3) and charging at up to 100 watts. Use this cable to connect any Mac with a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port to Thunderbolt 3 devices such as docks, hard drives and displays. You can daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt 3 devices.
Transfer data at up to 40 Gbps
USB 3.1 Gen 2 data transfer at up to 10 Gbps
DisplayPort video output (HBR3)
Connect to Thunderbolt 3– or USB-C–enabled devices and displays
Up to 100 watts of power delivery
Etched Thunderbolt logo helps it stand out from other cables
Daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt 3 devices
What’s in the Box
Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Cable (0.8 m)
Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
- 13-inch MacBook Air with Retina display
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016 and later)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016 and later)
- iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019)
- 21.5-inch iMac — Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
- iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2019)
- 27-inch iMac — Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
- iMac Pro (2017 and later)
- Mac mini — Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
Answers from the community
Can I connect this to a power adapter and add a power cable for super fast charging?
- Asked by jetpakturtle from Cupertino
- on 22 Jan. 2019
Cables needed to migrate a mid 2010 iMac to new 2018 iMac?
- Asked by Rebecca L H from Plano
- on 3 Nov. 2018
Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C cable and adapter options are quite complex and confusing.
The simplest and Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C cable and adapter options are quite complex and confusing.
The simplest and cheapest option seems to be a USB-A to USB-C cable; Apple sells the Belkin USB-A to USB-C Cable.
- Answered by Marc S from Portola Valley
- on 22 Nov. 2018
Can I use this with the 2018 iPad Pro (3rd gen) to display onto my 2017 iMac 27inch?
- Asked by Zoe H from Success
- on 8 Nov. 2018
is this an active or passive thunderbolt 3 cable?
- Asked by Ozgun S from San Jose
- on 4 Sep. 2018
Short answer: It seems this is a passive cable. But I'm not 100% certain.
Long answer: After 45 Short answer: It seems this is a passive cable. But I'm not 100% certain.
Long answer: After 45 minutes on a call with Apple support, the rep could not get a definitive answer, but we both concluded that this must be a passive cable for these two reasons:
1) The connector on the 0.8m Apple cable is fairly compact. It is much shorter than the connector on my active 2m and 0.5m TB3 cables from OWC. The longer connector hardware on the OWC cable would assumedly accommodate the active circuitry. OWC's connector hardware (between the USB C connector and the cable itself) is about twice as long as Apple's. Well, you may say Apple may be capable of making a much more compact active transceiver than OWC, so moving along...
2) Per Apple's specs, the Apple 0.8m TB3 cable is capable supporting USB 3.1 Gen 2. According to an apple insider article (link not provided as it prevents me to post this answer with an external link), indicates that only a passive TB3 cable can support USB 3.1 Gen 2. Once the active circuity is involved, the tradeoff is you lose the full 3.1 g2 USB speed.
Now what gets confusing is that a passive cable longer than 0.5m may not support the full 40Gb/s TB3 speed. But Apple does claim this cable to support 40Gb/s, so perhaps Apple discovered they achieve 40Gb/s at 0.8m, but to jump to 1m or 2m would result in slower speeds. For most users the distinction may not matter, but to the power user it does. I have an enclosure that RAIDs four NVMe M2 SSD chips which are extremely fast, so I want the full TB3 40Gb/s spec. As such, I either need to connect via a very short 0.5m passive or an active TB cable of up to 2m. If you want one cable that can give you both USB 3.1 get two speed but is also rated for the full 40Gb/s TB3 spec, then you ideally use a short passive TB3 cable, but 0.5m is very constraining.
- Answered by Thomas M from New York
- on 7 Dec. 2018
can i use this cable to connect my MacBook pro with LG 5k Display?
- Asked by Tanvir Y from Abu Dhabi
- on 17 Apr. 2018
If it is a November 2016 or newer MacBook Pro, then yes.
- Answered by Andrew G from Saint Paul
- on 9 Jul. 2018