Does this adapter work with as a Thunderbolt 3 to Display Port also?

I want to connect the new MacBook Pro with a 24" Cinema Display, and wondering if this will also work.

Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

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6 Answers from the Community

  • Answer

    According to Apple, no. See Apple Support article HT207266.

  • It could only work if the Cinema Display supported Thunderbolt at the same connector. When connected to the MacBook Pro, the computer will recognize the adaptor as a Thunderbolt device, and use that protocol, which means it will only speak Thunderbolt through the adapter. Mini DisplayPort translation requires more complexity than this adapter is designed to provide.

  • My previous answer was wrong; no, this will not work to connect the new MacBook Pro to a 24" Cinema display--the 24" display is a Mini DisplayPort product, not a Thunderbolt product, so this will not work. Source: apple support document HT207266 "About the compatibility of the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter".

  • It does not. Apple has a support document entitled "About the compatibility of the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter" detailing it (I'm not allowed to post the link here).

  • Per the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter compatibility HT207266:


    "Using the adapter with your late-2016 MacBook Pro

    You can use the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter to connect your late-2016 MacBook Pro to these devices:
    Mini DisplayPort Thunderbolt displays
    Mini DisplayPort Thunderbolt bus-powered devices
    Mini DisplayPort Thunderbolt self-powered devices
    Mac computers that have Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 (Mini DisplayPort)
    Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
    Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter
    Support for Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter is limited to devices that require less than 10W of power."

  • Yes