Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt Cable (0.5m) - White
65 Questions from the Community
can thunderbolt cable be used for LAN/internet connection??
i want to use thunderbolt port for ethernet connection so that i get a better internet speed ...can this be done?
- Asked by Sudhanshu M
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I can answer this myself as I took a chance and bought the cable. Connect the Mac Mini to the 27" iMac via the Thunderbolt cable and press cmd + F2 on the iMac keyboard to enter target display mode. The iMac becomes the display for the Mini, works a treat.
- Answered by William M
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Is there an adapter available to connect a firewire soundcard to the new mac book pro thunderbolt?
I have a motu 828 MKII soundcard which is connected via firewire to my old mac book pro 2009.
Now I want to upgrade to the new mac book pro, which does not have firewire anymore.
Is there an adapter available to connect firewire to the new thunderbolt interface?
- Asked by Thaddäus W
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You'll have to wait until the "Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter" is released. It's due out sometime this month....ish. (July 2012)
What is wrong with USB that I have to use Thunderbolt?
Thunderbolt cables are hugely expensive and don't work on any other equipment I have that's not a Mac powerbook.
What benefit am I getting from Thunderbolt that USB 3 does not deliver?
- Asked by Jonathan B
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Thunderbolt is a more versatile interface than USB, it can transfer both data and video signal. That means you only need one port to accomplish data transfer and video output, there is no need for two separate ports (ex. USB and DisplayPort). Thunderbolt uses the old Mini DisplayPort so you can still use your VGA/DVI adapters. Thunderbolt also have Daisy Chain capability, you can connect up to 6 devices on one Thunderbolt port (ex. You don't need 6 ports to connect 6 devices).
Like another commenter said, the theoretical speed of Thunderbolt is up to 10GB/s, or 20GB/s for TB2. Whereas USB 3.0 is only 5GB/s. Although the practical speed won't be much different as the hard drives are nowhere close to that speed. A 5400rpm HDD will be >100MB/s, 7200rpm will be ~150MB/s (my numbers might be a little off), SSDs will range from 300MB/s to 700MB/s (depends on the NAND used). With that said, USB 3.0 is good enough for simple storage use (TB might be better for RAID and other storage systems), especially if you count in the cost factor. Your practical transfer speed depend more on the hard drive you use, so I suggest you to spend the money on a good hard drive/SSD.
Because Thunderbolt combines Mini DisplayPort and PCIe. Theoretically, you can get an external PCIe adapter and plug in something like a GPU (assuming the "drivers" and power supports). I'm particularly interesting in this because Apple doesn't like to give you a strong GPUs to drive a 2880x1880 Retina display on a 15" rMBP. Anyway, PCIe is a strong interface and it can add endless possibilities to a Mac. There is more to Thunderbolt than people think.
- Answered by Cong W from San Francisco
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Audio support when connected to iMac 2011 27' as an external display
Does the audio come out from the iMac or the macbook?
- Asked by Tsz Chun L from Everett
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Which external hard drives have Thunderbolt connections?
- Asked by Robert L from Laguna Hills
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What products support thunderbolt?
- Asked by Anonymous A from Xxxxxxx
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Not many products support Thunderbolt at the time. Currently, all thats available at the time is the Apple Thunderbolt Display, some storage devices, some video capture devices and adapters for FireWire 800, Ethernet and fiber channel.
- Answered by Ryan G from Abbotsford
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can I connect a new mac mini to my iMac (17 inch)
I would guess I could... Need to know what hardware (cables, adapters, etc) is needed
- Asked by James M from Holyoke
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Yes, the Thunderbolt cable can also be used for Mini Display Port connections. So you can connect any display that has MiniDisplay Port in it, or Thunderbolt. And if the display supports Thunderbolt, you can daisy chain more devices to the display!
- Answered by John H from Morristown
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Only on the new 2011 iMac's and MacBook Pro's.
- Answered by Hayden C from Sydney
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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.
Will this work transferring emac to iMac
- Asked by Alicia P from Greenbank
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Nope. The eMac has no Thunderbolt connection.
- Answered by Birincsik J
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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 i use a thunderbolt cable to transfer from Macbook Pro 15-inch, Late 2008 - w/mini DVI (is that thunderbolt?) to new Macbook Pro?
I cant seem to get a clean answer when searching - looking to transfer data from my old 2008 macbook pro to the new one. My mini dvi looks exactly the same as the thunderbolt on new macs without the logo, is that the case?
Thanks, wanted to to check before ordering a $50 cabele
- Asked by Anonymous A from Xxxxxxxxxx
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No, you can't sorry! the minidisplayport looks like thunderbolt but is not thunderbolt, I would suggest getting a firewire or usb cable to transfer.
Can I transfer video files from my camera using thunderbolt
- Asked by Vernon K from Fairfax
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It does not charge your battery. However, the 27" Thunderbolt display has a MagSafe cable for you to charge your MBP. You might wish to get the MagSafe 2 adaptor if needed.
I highly recommend you to read about it on the Apple site for TB Display.
- Answered by Cong W from San Francisco
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