Can I use this adapter to connect an Apple Cinema Display (with a Mini DisplayPort connector) to a 2016 MacBook Pro?

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    I have to disagree with the answers above. I have succefully connected an old Cinema Display to a current 2016 MacBook Pro 15" (touchbar). The path is DVI (from monitor) to HDMI adaptor, into the HDMI input of a USB C hub. Works without problem, including sleep/wake, mirroring and dual display.

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  • No, the display has to itself be Thunderbolt-aware. Even though you could directly connect a Mini DisplayPort cable to a Thunderbolt 1 or 2 port on a computer and then to the monitor and have that work, there is intelligence in the computer bearing those ports to choose the correct protocol for displays. This adapter is recognized as a Thunderbolt device on the computer, so the Mini DisplayPort protocol mode cannot be selected on the computer itself, and the adapter has no substitute protocol support for the case where you try to hook up such a display. The display on the other end of this adapter must understand Thunderbolt.

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  • Sadly no. According to HT207266 support article:

    The Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter doesn't support connections to these devices:
    Apple DisplayPort display
    DisplayPort devices or accessories, such as Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapters
    4K Mini DisplayPort displays that don’t have Thunderbolt

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  • According to Apple, no. See KB article HT207266.

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  • Sorry if this is a duplicate, but I posted two days ago and it doesn't seem to have made it.

    I have a 2004 Apple HD Cinema Display and just purchased a late 2017 MBP Touch Bar USB-C Thunderbolt 3. I would like to use the Cinema Display to limp along until a better selection of 5K monitors becomes available.

    I am particularly hoping that Arnim F is still following this thread, as I would appreciate learning age and size of his Cinema Display, and the manufacture and model number of the USB C hub he is using.

    I'd also like to know whether this is an actual hub (v. an adapter). I am finding a few DVI to USB-C Thunderbolt 3 adapters and/or cables, as well, and am wondering whether this would avoid the need for the HDMI pieces of Arnim's setup.

    Any assistance would be appreciated.

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  • No. Source: apple support document HT207266 "About the compatibility of the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter".

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  • I just purchased a DVI-HDMI adapter to run and old cinema display with a 2017 MBP w/ TS. It does not work.

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