Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

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  • Overview

    The Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter lets you connect Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices — such as external hard drives and Thunderbolt docks — to any of the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports on your MacBook Pro.

    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.

    In addition, it can be used to connect Thunderbolt-enabled displays — such as the Apple Thunderbolt Display and LG Thunderbolt 2 displays — to any of the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports on your MacBook Pro. However, using this adapter with an Apple Thunderbolt Display requires a power source, because the display does not provide power through the adapter.

    Note: This adapter does not support DisplayPort displays like the Apple LED Cinema Display or third-party DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort displays. For more information, visit the Apple Support page for the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter.

    What’s in the Box

    Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

  • 2.0 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Problems with chained displays, waking up from sleep / restarts

      This adapter does NOT duplicate the functionality of the Thunderbolt ports on MacBook Airs and legacy MacBook Pros when daisy-chaining accessories together. For This adapter does NOT duplicate the functionality of the Thunderbolt ports on MacBook Airs and legacy MacBook Pros when daisy-chaining accessories together. For example, I have a external hard drive chained to a DisplayPort monitor. On my old MacBook Air, the two would be recognized right away. I could wake up my computer from sleep (clamshell shut, hooked to external monitor and keyboard / mouse) and the hard drive would spin up and the monitor would turn on. With my new MacBook Pro and this adapter, however, waking up the computer from sleep, with the exact same connections, and the hard drive turns on but the monitor doesn't. If I open the lid of the laptop, then magically both displays will start working. Similarly, if I try to restart the computer in clamshell mode when the monitor is recognized and working (again, daisy-chained to the hard drive), upon being restart the monitor isn't recognized. If I try to open the lid of the laptop, then the MacBook Pro's own display won't even turn on, making me have to restart it. In short, this adapter doesn't work unless you have the most basic Thunderbolt setup. Don't expect anything daisy-chained to work. Don't expect restarts to work. Don't expect waking up from sleep to have your plugged-in accessories to work the same as when you put your computer to sleep.

      • Written by Josh H from Washington

      222 of 254 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Problems with chained displays, waking up from sleep / restarts

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Thunderbolt Display

      Just brought this home to use on my new late-2016 MacBook Pro 13. This adaptor allowed me to use my Thunderbolt display. Very happy!

      • Written by Gregory H from San Diego

      170 of 217 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Thunderbolt Display

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Doesn't work with my Dell P2715Q 4k on mini-displayport

      Tried multiple mode (SST, MST Seconday) neither is working. it just does not detect my display at all. worthless for 2016 MacBook Pro. returning tomorrow.

      • Written by Gonghua D from Mason

      205 of 296 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Doesn't work with my Dell P2715Q 4k on mini-displayport

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Perfect for my use

      I have the (new) 2016 Macbook Pro with touchbar and Thunderbolt 3. As a sound engineer needed to connect to my soundcard on Thunderbolt 2. For this it works I have the (new) 2016 Macbook Pro with touchbar and Thunderbolt 3. As a sound engineer needed to connect to my soundcard on Thunderbolt 2. For this it works flawlessly.

      • Written by Jonathan D from PARIS

      Is this review useful?Perfect for my use

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Effed Up USB-C

      I've had several MacBookPros and they are great. So, for school I get a new unit with this terrible USB-C. What for? A thinner device? Why bother, I now have se I've had several MacBookPros and they are great. So, for school I get a new unit with this terrible USB-C. What for? A thinner device? Why bother, I now have several stupid cords hanging off my computer, which can't be slipped into a travel sleeve smoothly. Nope, now it has to be decoupled from stupid strands. Add to this that external display is NOT BEING FOUND by a machine costing thousands of dollars! So, in this stupid USB-C adoption we have ruined all the peripherals, even my mouse with a micro-USB, now has to connect with a long stupid ugly adapter for this thing. So, after spending over $50 for a piece of raw earth minerals and mining materials, I can't even connect to the larger display. Seriously. I'll be buying any other version of the MacBookPro, likely used, rather than deal with this lame new USB-C(rap). #fail

      • Written by Phoenix R. C from Seattle

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Effed Up USB-C

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Doesn't work w/ new (USB-C) Macbook, Apple needs to get their act together.

      This adapter doesn't work. But overall, my frustration is with Apple as a whole. They now offer a series of new products and peripherals that, not only don't wo This adapter doesn't work. But overall, my frustration is with Apple as a whole. They now offer a series of new products and peripherals that, not only don't work with their older products, don't even all work the same as other products they currently offer. My wife got a new Macbook (which has USB-C, unlike the MacBook Pro's and Macbook Airs they currently sell) and our HOPE was that this adapter would work with our 27" Thunderbolt Display (which works wonderfully with my brand new Air) ... Nope. The plugs all fit, but her Macbook gives us a "Thunderbolt accessories are not supported on this Mac" message ... I'll get my $$ back at the Apple Store, but WHY, APPLE, WHY!?!?! Figure your **** out.

      • Written by Jesse C from san francisco

      6 of 7 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Doesn't work w/ new (USB-C) Macbook, Apple needs to get their act together.

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