Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) - White
138 Questions from the Community
Yes you can if you use a Thunderbolt 3->Thunderbolt 2 adapter on the MacBook Pro side.
Can I connect the thunderbolt cable to hdmi port?
I would like to connect my Mac to my HDTV. I would like to try to use the thunderbolt cable. is there anyway that it can connect to my HDTV via HDMI or any other port.
- Asked by Ahmed S from Mississauga
- 07 9, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I connect the thunderbolt cable to hdmi port?)
If you go to the Mac accessories and go into cables, you will find cables and adapters for thunderbolt to HDMI. an important note is that they will say Mini DisplayPort, not thunderbolt..
- Answered by Ryan G from Abbotsford
- 07 24, 11
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Can you charge an iPad with the thunderbolt cable
- Asked by Nancy B from Columbia
- 02 6, 17
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Will a Thunderbolt 2 chord work on a MAC Pro from 2009
Will a Thunderbolt 2 chord work on a MAC Pro Tower from 2009 to output to an additional monitor.
- Asked by John R from Avondale
- 03 18, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (Will a Thunderbolt 2 chord work on a MAC Pro from 2009)
No, a thunderbolt cable will not work on a Mac Pro (2009). Should the graphics card have a socket that seems to fit a thunderbolt cable, the correct product to get is a Mini DisplayPort cable, not a thunderbolt cable.
- Answered by Peter S
- 03 29, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Will a Thunderbolt 2 chord work on a MAC Pro from 2009)
Use iMac late 2009 as a second display connected to iMac late 2014
Not sure if possible, is it possible to use my iMac Late 2009 as a second display for the iMac late 2014 build.
The old iMac has a Mini display port and the new iMac has only thunderbolt connections?
I am confused after reading apples FAQ's
Appreciate any help, thank you
- Asked by John A from Eastbourne
- 04 24, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (Use iMac late 2009 as a second display connected to iMac late 2014)
Yes, the iMac late 2009 supports Target Display Mode (TDM)
Cable Supported: Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort
Port on Source Computer: Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt ports are backwards compatible, meaning they support MiniDisplay Port cables. Your iMac 2009 with MiniDisplay Port does not support Thunderbolt. So you will need a Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable; this would then be plugged into Mini DisplayPort in 2009 iMac and Thunderbolt port on 2014 iMac.
Command F2 on the 2009 iMac would put this computer into TDM, with the 2014 iMac as the source computer.
- Answered by Michael R from Golden
- 06 1, 15
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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
- 07 16, 11
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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
- 07 31, 11
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You can use a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter, available from the Apple Store. Thunderbolt is backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort.
- Answered by Adam B from Saint Paul
- 09 11, 11
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ethernet vs thunderbolt for migration
If using migration assistant to transfer system from old macbook pro with thunderbolt port to new macbook pro with thunderbolt port, is it better to use wired ethernet connection or thunderbolt connection for the migration? Which is faster?
- Asked by Alan F from Cloverdale
- 06 14, 12
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I recently did some experimenting with the migration assistant. The source machine is a 2011 MacBook Air and the target machine is a 2012 Macbook Pro Retina. The data transferred is 127gb.
Wireless. 4.7 hours
Ethernet direct. 1.7 hours
Thunderbolt. 10 minutes
All three techniques resulted in a flawless transfer of data, settings, etc. the software just works, and the a thunderbolt technology makes it crazy fast.
- Answered by Gary O from Broomfield
- 08 26, 12
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How do I transfer data from my iMac without thunderbolt (only firewire) to my new Macbook Air with thunderbolt?
I upgraded from the Macbook Pro 2010 model to the new Macbook Air. I transfered the data from the Pro to my iMac via firewire. Now I need to transfer the same data from iMac to the new MBA with thunderbolt. Is there a cable that connects the firewire port on my iMac to the thunderbolt port on the new MBA?Best Answer:
If you are using transferring all of your data to the other Mac, the easiest and fastest way is to use 'Migration Assistant' with an ethernet cable as it can reach speeds of up to 2gb/s.
- Answered by Joseph C from Brighton
- 09 12, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (How do I transfer data from my iMac without thunderbolt (only firewire) to my new Macbook Air with thunderbolt?)
No, you cannot connect any Thunderbolt device to a Mac which lacks a Thunderbolt port.
- Answered by Peter S
- 03 18, 15
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can you daisy chain monitors to a macbook pro?
- Asked by Kris C from Houston
- 06 29, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (can you daisy chain monitors to a macbook pro?)
You can run 2 thunderbolt compatible imac's or soon to be released displays off of a macbook pro... and 2 monitors off a current model iMac... all through daisy chain.
- Answered by Ryan H from Acton
- 07 20, 11
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Does thunderbolt allow combined digital audio and video like HDMI? My HTIB takes one input -- does not receive signals separately from same source.
Will this cable work on ipad4
Need a longer charging cable for ipad4retina
- Asked by Terry P from Jacksonville
- 01 19, 13
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No - the iPad 4 uses the "Lightning" cable.
- Answered by Richard D from Camarillo
- 01 22, 13
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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
- 09 5, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I connect a new Mac Mini to a new iMac for display purposes using the Thunderbolt cable.)
Only on the new 2011 iMac's and MacBook Pro's.
- Answered by Hayden C from Sydney
- 07 20, 11
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No, you cannot use a thunderbolt cable to connect a non-thunderbolt monitor. You have to get a Mini DisplayPort cable instead. Even
if your HP monitor has a socket that seems to fit, a thunderbolt cable cannot display any picture.
- Answered by Peter S
- 03 29, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (can i use a thunderbolt cable to connect my 2014 macbook air to an HP monitor?)
Are USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt compatible, is there an adapter presently on the market? If not can I upgrade my USB 2.0 to 3.0 on my Macbook?
I currently have a Macbook Pro 13' and have USB 3.0 1 TB external hard drives for my media needs. I would like to be able to use the speeds of Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 when moving things around. I have searched for an adapter without success, so if there is nothing currently available could I upgrade my USB ports?
- Asked by Joshua T from South Abington Township
- 01 2, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Are USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt compatible, is there an adapter presently on the market? If not can I upgrade my USB 2.0 to 3.0 on my Macbook?)
In short the answer is no, there is no adapter at present.
I agree though, there needs to be an adaptor, USB 3.0 is widely available, and affordable. I cannot afford thunderbolt drives, but I already own usb 3.0 drives, but i cannot utilize their speeds. An adaptor for my Macbook Pro would be hugely needed.
Can my iMac (2013) connect to my macbook pro (2012) with the thunderbolt cable and be used (the macbook pro) as a second display?Answer
Your question leaves open some ambiguity. Let me try to resolve it:
1. You can use the Thunderbolt cable to connect your iMac and your MacBook Pro
2. You can use the iMac as a secondary display for your MacBook Pro provided you put your iMac into Target Display Mode. This is documented by Apple - please search for "Use your iMac as a display with Target Display Mode"
3. You cannot use the MacBook Pro display as a secondary display for the iMac. The MacBook Pro does not offer Target Display Mode.
If you would like to use the MacBook Pro internal screen as a secondary display for the iMac, your only route would be by way of a software/network solution like ScreenRecycler.