• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems with chained displays, waking up from sleep / restarts

    • Written by Josh H from Washington

    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.

    563 of 650 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display

    • Written by Gregory H from San Diego

    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!

    357 of 448 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with my Dell P2715Q 4k on mini-displayport

    • Written by Gonghua D from Mason

    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.

    421 of 742 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I feel so screwed over.

    • Written by Jeroen H from Amsterdam

    Of all the overpriced Apple cables that I own (and I have A LOT of them), this is the most useless one. It doesn't work if both devices you're trying to connect don't have their own power source. Which means it won't work on most external harddrives. Since that's the only thing I needed it for, I'm feel cheated. There should at least be a big red sticker on the package stating how this thing doesn't provide power. I can't believe I paid 55 euro's for this. I know it's been a long long time since Apple actually cared about its customers. But this a whole new level of disrespecting people. It makes me want to quite Apple products altogether.

    61 of 71 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    "Bi-directional" doesn't work. (Lacie 6big T3 to cylindrical T2 MacPro)

    • Written by Jacques Jean T from Philadelphia

    I bought this adapter so that I could connect my brand new MacPro to a brand new LaCie 6big RAID array that I bought just a little while ago.

    The MacPro is brand new, but it's the 2013 design which only has Thunderbolt 2. The new LaCie drive is T3.

    The product description claims:
    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.

    I can indeed physically connect the drives (as in the plugs fit) but the drive doesn't mount and isn't recognized by disk utility.

    So that's pretty useless and disappointing.

    49 of 50 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    does what it's SUPPOSED to do

    • Written by Cheshire I from Emeryville

    I have a Thunderbolt Display and had just gotten a 2017 MBP, and in trying to find out whether I could get an adapter to connect them, I came here and was initially scared off by the average two-star rating. I went so far as to almost pull the trigger on getting a USB-C display. Then I came back here once more and started actually reading the reviews -- it turns out that a ton of people here were simply angry that they wanted this adapter to do something it doesn't do, and they all gave the adapter one-star reviews.

    The adapter does what it was made to do: it adapts Thunderbolt 2 to USB-C. That's it. I connected the adapter to my Thunderbolt Display and plugged it into the new machine, and it worked perfectly the first time. (Well, almost perfectly -- the MBP needs to be plugged in to get the display to stay on.

    Is it ridiculous that Thunderbolt 2's connector is the same as Mini DisplayPort even though they're different specs? Yes, absolutely. But don't ding this adapter for not doing the thing it's not built to do.

    But if, like me, you need this more-expensive-than-it-should-be adapter to do the ONE thing it was made to do, then, like me, you'll be happy. Except for the $49 part. But hey, it's better than a $600 USB-C display. For now.

    Now, if Apple would finally get around to making a MagSafe-to-USB-C adapter, my transition to the new laptop will be complete.

    36 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    BEWARE: Doesn't work with all Thunderbolt 2 (even Apple's own products)

    • Written by Alonzo A from El Cerrito

    The box doesn't tell you, but this overpriced Apple adapter sadly doesn't adapt. If you buy one and then painfully discover when first going to use it at a mtg that it doesn't work, you are forced to search online and eventually find the fine print that Apple didn't make it compatible with multiple of their previous Thunderbolt 2 products, namely in my case the Thunderbolt2 to HDMI and the Thunderbolt2 to VGA adapters.

    For a company that used to pride itself on plug and play, this is yet another example of the post-Jobs Apple which forgets its roots in ease of use and simplicity... Local Apple Store had not heard of the problem yet (so are still selling it to others who will likely be back frustrated) but kindly refunded my purchase even though it was beyond 14 days. Sadly they cannot refund for my flights and failed presentation at a conference where I had hoped to first use the adapter...

    41 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please, do not buy it!!!

    • Written by Rinat S from Boston

    The main (if not only) reason why anyone needs this overpriced accessory is to reconnect your old thunderbolt-2 display (such as a $1000 Apple Thunderbolt, for example) to your brand-new Mac Laptop. To put it simple:


    The new Mac is not fully compatible with thunderbolt-2 displays period. Technically, if you find the way to establish the connection, the display will work (happened to me on some lucky days), but on 50% of the times it will simply not turn on and nothing what you do will change this outcome.

    Dear Apple,

    I have no words to express my frustration with your awesome idea of releasing all-the-same port Macbook Pro Laptop, by default dependable on your price-charged adapters, and not even developing the adapters that actually work with other Apple products. Not even mentioning moving a sound port to the right, making the headphone cable to go under my right hand...

    Shame on you!

    It is my second big frustration with Apple products after my iPhone 6s bended by itself in my jeans pocket and Apple representatives had not accepted it as a bug.

    42 of 50 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of time

    • Written by Sharon P from Spartanburg

    I just purchased a 2017 Macbook Pro with 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports. Sadly, I've had to order a dock at $ 299 to use USBs and other peripherals. My thunderbolt 2 dock would not mount using this adaptor. None of my Thunderbolt 2 external drives would mount using this adapter. I am beyond frustrated as the new docks and hubs do not have Thunderbolt 2 ports. Come on, Apple. You are better than leaving good customers in such a fix.

    34 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It helps to do a bit of research.

    • Written by Joshua H from Las Vegas

    I see a lot of negative reviews about this device and most of the disappointment seems to stem from people not reading what it does. This device carries Thunderbolt, not Mini DisplayPort. Giving it one star because it doesn't do something it doesn't advertise isn't the fault of the device. (Although Thunderbolt and Mini DisplayPort as well as the whole Thunderbolt 3/USB-C web of confusion is its own problem—but not the problem of this device.)

    This device works fine with my 2016 13" MacBook Pro with the following Thunderbolt devices: Apple's Thunderbolt Firewire and Ethernet, Apple's Thunderbolt Display, Elgato's Thunderbolt 2 Dock (in Bootcamp too!), OWC's Thunderbolt 2 Dock, LG's 34UC98-W (with Apple's Thunderbolt Ethernet daisy-chained) and connecting to Thunderbolt 2 Macs via Target Disk Mode. In theory, older Macs should have no issues connecting to Thunderbolt 3 docks and such either (won't know until OWC's is released in February, although forum users hacking around with devices from the likes of AKiTiO indicate it works fine).

    I grabbed two of these while Apple has prices reduced and they both work fine. They're also cheaper (even at full price) and more compact than the few competing devices.

    38 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with Thunderbolt Displays

    • Written by Krystyn H from Brooklyn

    I've been waiting all year for this adaptor so I can use my late 2015 Thunderbolt Display with my early 2016 USB-C Macbook. "Can't use Thunderbolt Accessory" message appears, absolutely does not work.

    39 of 45 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    waste of money for audio interface

    • Written by benjamin W from San Diego

    won't support audio interfaces. apple has put me in dongle trouble with the macbook 2016. and none of them work. such bad buyer's remorse.

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NOT for DisplayPort monitors

    • Written by Justin G from Dallas

    I bought this before my late 2106 macbook pro arrived thinking it was the only official way to connect to my Dell P2415Q (4K) monitor via mini DisplayPort. Thunderbolt 2 is a superset of DisplayPort, so surely a thunderbolt 2 adapter can do everything that DisplayPort requires, no? No. The monitor is not recognized and I have yet to find an official USB-C to mini DisplayPort solution.

    36 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    They do not appear to work on older Macs

    • Written by Don L from La Habra

    Apple's documentation says that this adapter should work in both directions. That is allow a Macintosh equipped with Thunderbolt 2 ports to connect to a hard drive equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port. I tried this with a new G Drive mobile USB-C drive. It would not work. I tested the drive on the same Mac via the USB 2 port it works (slowly). I test the computer's Thunderbolt 2 ports with a native Thunderbolt 2 drive. This combination work also. That leaves the 'Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter' as the failing part. I contact Apple support. After about 30 minutes of texting and testing, they recommend I return the adapter as defective. However. I actually had a second adapter I wanted to connect two new hard drives to this computer. I tested the second adapter. The same problem, no connection. It appears that this adapter does not have the level of compatability Apple claims for older Macintoshes with Thunderbolt 2 ports.

    37 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's only for thuinderbolt not as a DP breakout for your DP monitor

    • Written by Kristoffer T from Norrköping

    I use this adapter to connect my DELL XPS 15 to my Elegato and Belkin TB2 dock.
    DP out from the docks gives me 4K@60HZ on my external monitors.

    PLEASE note that this is a thunderbolt adaptor, not a DP adapter that on its own connect to an external display.
    You have to connect to a thunderbolt dock to "extract" the DP stream.

    So much complaining for nothing.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't seem to be bidirectional

    • Written by Suha O from Boulder

    I wanted to connect a USB-C SSD to my Mac Pro with Thunderbolt 2 ports. It didn't work, the MacPro never detected the SSD. Just to make sure the adapter was not DOA I tried connecting a Thunderbolt 2 HDD to my wife's newer Macbook Air with USB-C ports, no problem, it worked. So either this adapter is not bidirectional contrary to Apple's claim or it does not work with an SSD. I was able to connect the SSD to a USB 3.0 port on the Mac Pro with the supplied USB-C/USB-A cable but given the USB 3.0 is much slower than Thunderbolt 2 I wasn't getting the speed benefit of the SSD, which was the whole reason why I wanted an SSD.

    39 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work as advertised

    • Written by Alesis H from Pittsburgh

    Bought a USB-C external drive for my 2016 Mac with Thunderbolt 2 ports. It SPECIFICALLY says it works both ways, but guess what. It doesn't! Nice, Apple. What ever happens to "it just works"?

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapters are garbage and should be pulled/discontinued

    • Written by Erica H from North VANCOUVER

    I have x2 of these, one purchased last week and another purchased a year ago. Neither of these will connect my G-RAID storage device to my mac pro 2013 (Sierra). The USB-C connects it fine to my macbook pro, the USB connects to both computers, but using these adapters to go from USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 does not work. Garbage! I decided to purchase a thunderbolt 3 device over a thunderbolt 2 because of the existence of this adapter. Thanks apple!! My loyalty was already waining... I can't keep up the charade any longer. You guys have really abandoned any common sense here.

    41 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter does NOT work with 2016 MacBook Pro, multiple displays tried

    • Written by Tim C

    "I bought this after my late 2016 MacBook Pro arrived thinking it was the only way to connect to my Dell monitor via mini DisplayPort.

    The monitor is not recognized and I have yet to find a USB-C to [mini] DisplayPort solution. The monitor has worked perfectly for years with a late 2013 McBook Pro and mini DisplayPort so this is not a cable or device issue. Common Apple..."

    I have the exact same issue. I tried it on several Dell Monitors and an HP. My 2013 MacBook Pro works fine.

    Come on Apple!!! If you sell us a new MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt adapter they should work!

    The back of the adapter box even shows it hooking up to a monitor!

    38 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked like a champ

    • Written by Lo-Cal M from Eugene

    I saw all the reviews saying the adapter didn't work, and I was leery about buying it. I went to the Apple store, took my laptop(MBP 2014), and my Lacie 6TB Thunderbolt 3 hard drive, and setup the config with the adapter. I plugged the Thunderbolt 3 male end into the Lacie drive, plugged Thunderbolt 2 cable to the female end of adapter and to my laptop. Drive appeared on my MBP within seconds. Data transfer is flowing much faster now :) I'd post a pic of the setup, but I don't see that option.

    31 of 35 people found this useful