Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) - White
144 Questions from the Community
How to connect iMac 2010 to MacBook Pro 2010 for display purposes?
Alright, I have a 2010 iMac as well as a 2010 MacBook Pro. I am hoping to connect them for display purposes...how can I go about this? Thinking the Thunderbolt cable would work, but don't want to shell out the $49 until I know forsure.
- Asked by Matthew S from Port Colborne
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Can you charge an iPad with the thunderbolt cable
- Asked by Nancy B from Columbia
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File transfer w/PC
So I have a ASUS Maximus V Extreme (Thunderbolt compatible) motherboard in my new PC, and a Late 2011 Macbook Pro (also Thunderbolt compatible). All I want to do is be able to transfer files between the two computers, more often from the Macbook to the PC. I've read target disk mode can be used for similar (?) purposes, but I just want a simple answer: Do Thunderbolt cables/ports allow such a connection? Or are they just for external storage and displays?
- Asked by Evan S from Traverse City
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In theory, per Intel documentation, the Thunderbolt cables and ports allow such a connection. However, while support for networking/IP over Thunderbolt is now built-in on OS X Mavericks 10.9 and Yosemite 10.10, as of Mar 17 2015, Intel drivers for Windows Thunderbolt networking are currently unavailable for public download.
- Answered by Peter S
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I'd like to transfer a large number of photos from Mac Air to my iMac. I'd like to do so using Thunderbolt. What adapter do I need?
- Asked by Roger B from Naples
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Assuming both those Macs have Thunderbolt ports, this cable should suffice. Plug it into each Mac, restart the source computer while holding the T key and it will appear as an external disk drive on your target computer. Just browse it and copy over the photos you need.
Yes. The cabling is exactly the same in both Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2. As long as both devices support it, you'll get the faster 20Gbps speed.
- Answered by David S from Brooklyn
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Yes you can if you use a Thunderbolt 3->Thunderbolt 2 adapter on the MacBook Pro side.
Will this cable work as a connector to my iMac 2009 to make it into an external monitor for my current model Macbook Pro?
I'm looking for a thunderbolt cable that will allow me to use my old iMac (2009) to be used as an external 2nd monitor for me Macbook Pro Retina.
- Asked by Symon C from Brooklyn
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Can an iMac (Aug 2011) be used in target display mode with my MacBook Air (2012)?
I want to use an Aug 2011 iMac (21.5 inch) as a second display with a new Mac Book Air.
Is this possible with a Thunderbolt cable?Best Answer:
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
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can a new macbook air thunderbolt to an imac-2010 with mini display port
i bought a thunderblot cable without checking my imac2010 very carefully. now i found my imac only has one minidisplay port. is it possible to connect my macbook air(2011new with thunderbolt) to the minidisplay of imac? i tried the com+f2 on my imac, but it doesn't work.
i am really confused by apple, the thunderbolt fit very well to the mini display port.
- Asked by Xiaofei Z
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The ports are visibly identical but thunderbolt isn't on your iMac so it won't work. Just because it fits doesn't mean it's the same thing or it will work.
You need to buy a mini display port cable. And make sure the iMac is a 27 inch only the 27 inch macs can be used as a monitor.
Then plug one end of the mini dp cable into the thunderbolt/mini dp port on the air and the other end into the mini dp on the iMac. Turn on the iMac then the air. Should work just fine.
I found a mini dp cable for 19$
- Answered by Kevin G from Kamloops
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Is Thunderbolt really slower than FireWire 800 in Target Disk Mode?
Just wondering if this was true and if so, there was a firmware update coming down the pike. Don't want to waste my money on this cable unless it's going work well for Target Disk Mode. Thanks!
- Asked by Dan M from Stockton
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I have found Firewire 800 to be faster.
4GB File took 1.5 min with Thunderbolt in Target Disc Mode
Same file took 54 sec. with Firewire 800
Not sure why ?
- Answered by James M from Cincinnati
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I have a nice new iMac 21.5" (mid 2011 model) Need to connect my HD archives and my old G3 Powerbook all FIREWIRE.... how? Is there an adaptor?
Will I be able to use a 21.5" late 2012 iMac for display/keyboard/mouse to connect a brand new Mac Mini with just a thunderbolt cable?
- Asked by Gary D from Ashburn
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iMac 27" models can be used as an external display using the Target Display mode. iMac 21,5 models do not support this feature.
- Answered by Birincsik J
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Thunderbolt to MINI DVI
What cable do I need to connect a Macbook Air (2011) thunderbolt port to a 24" iMac (2008) DVI port to be able to run the Macbook Air in target mode. In other words, the iMac would act as an external display for the new Macbook Air.
Thank you in advance,
- Asked by Janet R from Lakewood
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Will the lighting cable plug in this cable for quicker sinking for iTunes?
Looking at the two cable it seems that the lighting tip should slid it to the thunderbold cable. If that is the case how much faster can would transfers from itunes to iPod go.
- Asked by Roosevelt J from Las Vegas
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Can I connect two MacBook pros and use one to mirror the display of the other?
I want to use my second MacBook Pro as a display for the first MacBook Pro.
- Asked by Marsha G from Hampton
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No. The same digital signal is passed in either case.
- Answered by Michael M from Chatsworth
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Will the Apple Thunderbolt cable work between a Thunderbolt enabled 2011 iMac and a Pre-Thunderbolt (Mini DisplayPort enabled) MacBook Pro?
Simple scenario: I have a 2011 iMac with Thunderbolt inputs and a 2009 MacBook Pro without Thunderbolt inputs (Only Mini DisplayPort input). Will I be able to connect the Apple Thunderbolt cable to both of these and use the MacBook Pro as a second display, adjacent to my iMac?Answer
No it does not work
Is this cable used to transfer files between two macs?
Hi. I am planning to purchase a new macbook pro since the keyboard of my old one broke. I remember when I first bought this macbook pro, I also bought a cable that transferred all files to from my Macbook. Will this cable do the same things and transfer all files? I am not a tech-person, so I really don't understand the description. It would be great if you could help me. And if this isn't the product, will you please suggest what cable is good for transferring files?
- Asked by Kiyomi R from Carpinteria
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