Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt Cable (0.5m) - White
138 Questions from the Community
Apple announced there would be a Thundebolt to Firewire adaptor coming soon. Until that arrives, you may wish to consider other options as follows.
If you have access to the underlying 2.5" SATA I/II drive inside your current storage device, you may also be able to use the Seagate Thunderbolt adaptor for their GoFlex Pro series of external drives, was their adaptor can handle the 2.5" HDD directly
- Answered by Thomas R from Cupertino
- 06 16, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (How can I connect my MacBook Air (via thunderbolt) to my 500GB drive (has Firewire 800 and Firewire 400)?)
Will this cable deliver both audio and video from a 2011 MBA to an Apple LED Cinema Display 24-Inch MB382LL/A with mini DP?
- Asked by Ronald S from Virginia Beach
- 07 29, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Will this cable deliver both audio and video from a 2011 MBA to an Apple LED Cinema Display 24-Inch MB382LL/A with mini DP?)
Can I connect thunderbolt cable to an LCD TV
- Asked by Fayyaz A
- 03 23, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I connect thunderbolt cable to an LCD TV)
Can I connect a 2011 Macbook Pro to a 2013 Macbook Air and use the Air as a second display for the 2011?
I know both have thunderbolt ports, I just need to know wether i can make a second display, not just data transfer with thunderbolt cables. I'm trying to use what I have, an older work computer and use my personal laptop as the second display for when i work from home.
- Asked by Jonathan C from Pittsburg
- 06 4, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I connect a 2011 Macbook Pro to a 2013 Macbook Air and use the Air as a second display for the 2011?)
No you cannot. Connecting the two computers would just allow you to access the hard drive of the other MacBook.
- Answered by Michael K from Clearlake
- 08 23, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I connect a 2011 Macbook Pro to a 2013 Macbook Air and use the Air as a second display for the 2011?)
Can an iMac (Aug 2011) be used in target display mode with my MacBook Air (2012)?
I want to use an Aug 2011 iMac (21.5 inch) as a second display with a new Mac Book Air.
Is this possible with a Thunderbolt cable?Best Answer:
You can use any iMac with a Thunderbolt port as an external monitor for another Mac that has a Thunderbolt port as well. If you have the education-only model of the 21.5" iMac that started selling in august of 2011, you're out of luck, because it has not Thunderbolt port.
- Answered by Nicolas E
- 08 16, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can an iMac (Aug 2011) be used in target display mode with my MacBook Air (2012)?)
Will the Apple Thunderbolt cable work between a Thunderbolt enabled 2011 iMac and a Pre-Thunderbolt (Mini DisplayPort enabled) MacBook Pro?
Simple scenario: I have a 2011 iMac with Thunderbolt inputs and a 2009 MacBook Pro without Thunderbolt inputs (Only Mini DisplayPort input). Will I be able to connect the Apple Thunderbolt cable to both of these and use the MacBook Pro as a second display, adjacent to my iMac?Answer
No it does not work
I've read I can connect an iMac-TBLT via minidisplayport-HDMI-cable with a TV. Can I connect vice versa a DVD/Blueray-Player with my TBLT-iMac27"?
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
- 12 11, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (What is wrong with USB that I have to use Thunderbolt?)
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
- 01 13, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (What is wrong with USB that I have to use Thunderbolt?)
transfer files from windows based computer to imac
- Asked by Rita S from Castro Valley
- 08 28, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (transfer files from windows based computer to imac)
iMac 27" models can be used as an external display using the Target Display mode. iMac 21,5 models do not support this feature.
Can this be used to use an iMac 27Inch (2011) as a display for a pc with a mini display port output?
I have tried a mini display port cable and it doesn't work.
Can I use Thunderbolt cable to connect Mac Mini to LaCie Display?
- Asked by Marion R from Northridge
- 05 28, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I use Thunderbolt cable to connect Mac Mini to LaCie Display?)
Does this cable come with one or two-year warranty?
- Asked by Tsubasa M from Los Angeles
- 09 26, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Does this cable come with one or two-year warranty?)
Sorry if this was asked & answered, but will this cable allow a new iMac w/Thunderbolt to serve as a monitor for a new Mac Air w/Thunderbolt?
- Asked by J Jeffery S from Ventura
- 07 25, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Sorry if this was asked & answered, but will this cable allow a new iMac w/Thunderbolt to serve as a monitor for a new Mac Air w/Thunderbolt?)
- Answered by Janet R from Lakewood
- 07 26, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Sorry if this was asked & answered, but will this cable allow a new iMac w/Thunderbolt to serve as a monitor for a new Mac Air w/Thunderbolt?)
Yes. Promise and Lacie both said that they would support booting from the Thunderbolt port.
- Answered by Eric N from Newington
- 06 30, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Could I use an external Thunderbolt Drive to boot OS X?)
Yes, Thunderbolt can be used between any two Macs with an available port. Not only can you use it to transfer data, but you can also use your iMac as a monitor for the MacBook Pro via a TBLT cable.
- Answered by Dewey H from Huntsville
- 07 27, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can thunderbolt cable be used to migrate data from new macbook pro to new imac ?)
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
- 01 13, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Does the Thunderbolt wire charge the MacBook Pro's battery when connected to a 27" Thunderbolt display?)
File transfer w/PC
So I have a ASUS Maximus V Extreme (Thunderbolt compatible) motherboard in my new PC, and a Late 2011 Macbook Pro (also Thunderbolt compatible). All I want to do is be able to transfer files between the two computers, more often from the Macbook to the PC. I've read target disk mode can be used for similar (?) purposes, but I just want a simple answer: Do Thunderbolt cables/ports allow such a connection? Or are they just for external storage and displays?
- Asked by Evan S from Traverse City
- 03 5, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (File transfer w/PC)
I have a nice new iMac 21.5" (mid 2011 model) Need to connect my HD archives and my old G3 Powerbook all FIREWIRE.... how? Is there an adaptor?