• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Similar to most reviewers, I too have been plagued with problems

    • Written by Nathan T from Exton

    I bought this with the intent of connecting the USB-C / Thunderbolt end to why 2017 MBP and, along with an OEM thunderbolt 2 cable from Apple (I own a short and a long one, which were expensive when they were the current standard and rarely used AKA: like new) was planning to connect to my 2013 MBP's thunderbolt 2 port. My idea was to bypass wifi/Air Drop for maximum data transfer speeds. Was I successful? Of course not - if I had been, you'd see more stars on my review.

    Each OEM adapter/component cost around $50 when I purchased brand new (around $150 total). No need to detail the cost of the laptops themselves, but suffice to say, I expect my overpriced adapters and cords to work without exception - in a closed technological ecosystem such as the one Apple has created, I don't think this is too much to ask. The sad part is I also have really old and battered 2012 MacBook pro with a single thunderbolt 2 port on it. I was able to connect to that laptop without issue which means that there's either an issue with my MBP2013 thunderbolt port (both of them?) or there's something wrong with the adapter. Maybe there's some compatibility issue with my MBP2013's thunderbolt firmware, but where would I go to find out more info on this? I'm so frustrated by the fact that my 2017 MBP needs dongles and adapters for literally everything I want to do with it, standard functions on older machines, and when I shell out the money, I still have problems.

    Bottom line: Buy yourself a used 2015 MacBook Pro with a standard set of ports, don't buy this awful adapter because it clearly wasn't tested properly, and save yourself time, money, and headaches.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazed - Firewire 400 still viable

    • Written by Ian B from Derby

    It works! [T3 > T2 adapter] + [T2 > Firewire 800 adapter] + [Firewire 800 > FireWire 400 adapter] and there is still enough juice to run a portable Firewire 400 disk! Looking forward to Apple's next leap forward, when the number of adapters I'm carrying around to connect my investment in HDD technology that Apple pushed then abandoned may require a wheeled suitcase.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless to connect TB2 Mac to SSD Drives that get power from thunderbolt 3

    • Written by Robert B from Saratoga

    Bought this because it says its bidirectional and should connect a thunderbolt 2 Mac (Late 2015 iMac in my case) to thunderbolt 3 peripherals.

    Unfortunately nowhere on the box or the website does it say it doesn't transmit power between the ports. Most of the SSD drives expect to get power from Thunderbolt 3.

    Now I have to return everything and I can't use a modern SSD Thunderbolt 3 drive on my iMac.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Jonah K from San Francisco

    Apple needs to put this directly in the title of the product, because it's a pretty huge issue. I purchased this because I was using a mini dp display with my old MBP, once I switched to the new one I thought I would just purchase this to make my existing setup work, which was wrong. This will NOT work with mini DP monitors so now it's a useless $50 dongle I can't return

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works using iMac as a display but no audio passed through

    • Written by Ryan R from Inverurie

    Poor show from Apple. This works ok with an 2012 iMac hooked up as an external display (as long as I'm logged out of that Mac, go figure) but audio cannot be played via the iMac even though it's a output option in theb menu bar.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't pass power so won't work with ssd

    • Written by Bert M from Sedona

    i bought this to use a usb 3C drive with 2011 iMac thunderbolt 2 . turns out it doesn't pass power to the drive and is rendered useless. Cant find a powered ssd enclosure. So it looks like usb2 device and is very slow.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Patriot Evlvr Thunderbolt 3 external 1TB SSD

    • Written by Albert J from Surrey

    I wanted to connect Evlvr to old 2013 macbook pro 15". It stated it was bi-directional and expected it to work. The SSD does not light up nor connect with the rmbp.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer beware

    • Written by Terry M from San Francisco

    "As a BIDIRECTIONAL adapter, it can also connect new Thunderbolt 3 devices to a Mac with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port and macOS Sierra"

    Except it doesn't. Not on a late 2015 iMac's thunderbolt 2 port connecting to a LaCie D2 USB C port on MacOS 10.12.6. Must connect using LaCie's USB 3 cable at USB 3 speeds. Buyer beware.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Contrary to Apple the cable works with mini monitor connections (sort of)

    • Written by Dana S from Castlegar

    If you connect the cable from the Thunderbolt 2 connector to a Daisy chain cable peripheral you can connect HDMI monitors through the daisy change port on the peripheral but if you connect it directly it won’t work?? What genius at Apple came up with this weird design? I can now use all of my DVI and HDMI Thunderbolt 2 dongles to projectors and and my 4K TV as long as I bring along my Thunderbolt 2 Drive with a Daisy Chain port open to hook onto the display. This makes no sense to me why you would require to daisy chain to make a monitor work?

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    didn't work for me. HDMI >< thunderbolt 2 cable to this adapter

    • Written by david Q from nsw

    I read that it didn't support displayPorts but was unsure if this extended to my situation. I bought a 2018 MacBook Pro laptop at $5000 and tried to hook up 2 monitors which have cables HDMI one end and thunderbolt 2 the other. I had hoped this would allow me to continue to run both monitors with this adapter. It didn't work for this situation, the monitors just said no input detected. Apple have excellent customer service and allowed me to return it so 2 stars.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great for use with TB audio interfaces.

    • Written by John M from Lisburn

    I use this to convert a TB2 cable for use with a TB3 port on my Win10 PC and 2018 Mac Mini. No issues. Build quality seems fine. Rated 4 our of 5 instead of 5 solely because it seems a bit overpriced.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought this at same time as new iMac

    • Written by Garth Harris G from Fremantle

    I bought a new iMac with Thunderbolt 3, wanted to use my OWC thunderbolt 2 dock so purchased this adaptor.
    Drives connected to the dock are mounted and seem to work, but I had no end of hassles with bluetooth failing with this set up.
    Spent days troubleshooting and no resets or restarts helped.
    Finally took the OWC dock via adaptor out of system and no trouble with bluetooth since.
    Probably not the adaptor to blame,...just a warning to anyone thinking of the same setup, it will cause you no end of grief.
    I have reverted to a simple USB3 hub instead of T/bolt dock, but now my Firewire devices are not able to be used.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice

    • Written by Ella C from Park Ridge

    This works on my late 2016 Macbook Pro! The design of it is nice, making it easy to put in and take out. Not much to say, very nice!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with FireWire adapter, not work with Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter

    • Written by Jasper R from Conway

    I bought it mainly to use with my old FireWire adapter and thankfully it works with my ThunderBolt FireWire adapter, albeit with a few hiccups. I was hoping it would also work with my DVI display. I have tried a few different DVI monitors with this and a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter and it does not work at all. I may end up having to get a USB-C to DVI adapter, which Apple does not sell.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I feel so screwed over.

    • Written by Jeroen H from Amsterdam

    Of all the overpriced Apple cables that I own (and I have A LOT of them), this is the most useless one. It doesn't work if both devices you're trying to connect don't have their own power source. Which means it won't work on most external harddrives. Since that's the only thing I needed it for, I'm feel cheated. There should at least be a big red sticker on the package stating how this thing doesn't provide power. I can't believe I paid 55 euro's for this. I know it's been a long long time since Apple actually cared about its customers. But this a whole new level of disrespecting people. It makes me want to quite Apple products altogether.

    40 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapters are garbage and should be pulled/discontinued

    • Written by Erica H from North VANCOUVER

    I have x2 of these, one purchased last week and another purchased a year ago. Neither of these will connect my G-RAID storage device to my mac pro 2013 (Sierra). The USB-C connects it fine to my macbook pro, the USB connects to both computers, but using these adapters to go from USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 does not work. Garbage! I decided to purchase a thunderbolt 3 device over a thunderbolt 2 because of the existence of this adapter. Thanks apple!! My loyalty was already waining... I can't keep up the charade any longer. You guys have really abandoned any common sense here.

    29 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    DisplayPort Support

    • Written by Ivan D from Victoria

    I see a lot of negative reviews about this product not supporting DisplayPort monitors. It states very clearly in the product description that it supports Thunderbold displays but NOT DisplayPort monitors. It does what it's supposed to do very well. People could save themselves being disappointed (and this applies to any product) by "carefully" reading the product's description and doing a bit of research before purchasing. The vast majority of the negative reviews I've read are totally undeserved because people didn't bother to do their homework first...just saying!!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    2017 iMac + Thunderbolt Display

    • Written by Brynnlee B from Carlisle

    There are WAY too many negative reviews on this adapter --- and most are likely nonsense. Just connected my 2017 iMac (27" Retina) with this adapter directly to my Thunderbolt Display (purchased in 2015). Works FLAWLESSLY! It recognized it, fired right up and there are no issues.

    Stop reading all the negative reviews -- if your set-up is like mine ... This cable will work. Buy it and move on!

    24 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great: Apple Firewire Thunderbolt 2 -> 2017 MBP Thunderbolt 3

    • Written by Mark E from Littleton

    I have a couple of old Sony camcorders that only have Firewire interface for pulling video off of them, and historically I have used an Apple Firewire Thunderbolt 2 "dongle" to accomplish the task. Now that I have a shiny new 2017 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3, aka USB-C, I needed a way to bridge the gap between the old and the new.

    After reading the various reviews, it became apparent that this particular use case should work fine since my need is to go from legacy Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3. So I purchased the adapter from the Apple store, plugged everything together, and like magic, Final Cut Pro recognized my old camcorder and pulled video from it just like the old days.

    This is literally the only reason I would use this adapter, but for my purposes it works perfectly. I docked a star from my rating purely because of the crazy cost -- $50 seems like a whole lot of money for a simple dongle. But it is Apple after all.... :-)

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Outrageous UK price

    • Written by Richard K from SANDWICH

    Have just spent £29 in Apple Store purchasing Thunderbolt to FireWire cable from “expert” who obviously was unaware that latest spec iMac now has only USB-C. Apple even confuse their own people by referring to this as Thunderbolt 3! Now need to spend around £50 for extra USB-C to thunderbolt adapter. Two years ago Apple reduced the price of these from $49 to $29 as part of a reduction of most USB-C cables, but have sneaked them back up to $49! I regret spending almost £3000 last year on top of the range iMac and will stick to PCs in future which are not a customer rip off!

    2 of 5 people found this useful