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

    Tech Specs

    Thunderbolt 2

    Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)

    USB-C

  • 2.5 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

      372 of 430 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

      265 of 334 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

      324 of 505 people found this useful

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

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Doesn't work

      So apple released it's new laptops with new cables. USB-C. Of course they want to be trend setters. I get it. I've had apple in my house since it first existed So apple released it's new laptops with new cables. USB-C. Of course they want to be trend setters. I get it. I've had apple in my house since it first existed and loved it for a fair amount of time but there is a lack of care going into the design of new products. They are not being tested enough or thought through before being released to the public, creating a traffic jam and great deal of frustration for users. I had to purchase SEVEN adapters with my computer because the rest of the world is not yet doing USB-C like Apple is. This is the biggest pain the rear end for an Apple user and yet Apple doesn't care what so ever. More money in their pocket, who cares about what the general public thinks. Who cares about unsatisfied customers when you know the only other option is a PC which 99% of Mac users don't want? You have the perfect Monopoly. It makes sense. So what is so terrible about this adapter? It is bad on all monitors missing a USB-C connection. It's $50 for an adapter that doesn't work. I have tried it on numerous dell monitors and nothing but heat. It heats up a phenomenal amount and I get nowhere with it. I had to use the other multipart adapter to run a HDMI cable to my monitor and it works but doesn't work in the aspect ratio I want due to the type of connection. Tried to return but they said I had it too long. Now I have a $50 adapter that doesn't work sitting in the box on my desk leaving me frustrated. What else did they say? Buy a newer monitor that supports USB-C! Sure! Can you give me the money or trade me a new one for my old monitor??? ������ If your going to buy this adapter, don't. Go buy a newer monitor that has a USB-C connection and save yourself problems.

      • Written by Jeremy F from Tarzana

      Is this review useful?Doesn't work

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      a nightmare using TB 2 adapter to TB 3

      thunderbolt adapter from previous TB to the new TB 3 does not work with BlackMagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder

      • Written by Helena L from A Coruna

      Is this review useful?a nightmare using TB 2 adapter to TB 3

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Doesn't work for Video, dont waste your money.

      Originally bought it for a Thunderbold 2 Black Magic Video converter, doesn't work at all. Just now I tried it with my display on my new 2017 MBP, doesn't work Originally bought it for a Thunderbold 2 Black Magic Video converter, doesn't work at all. Just now I tried it with my display on my new 2017 MBP, doesn't work either. Apple, you make nice things, but this product is the one that gives you a bad rep... its utter garbage. Fifty bucks wasted and you cant even sell it because nobody buys them.

      • Written by Tobias O from Krakow

      0 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Doesn't work for Video, dont waste your money.

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