Thunderbolt Adapter For Mac

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This article refers to Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2. You can learn more about Thunderbolt 3 and the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter for MacBook Pro (2016 and later) and iMac (2017).

Thunderbolt adapters are supported on the following Mac computers:

The Thunderbolt video adapter is compatible with computer systems that support Thunderbolt 3, such as models of MacBook Pro, Dell™ Precision and Dell XPS. Thunderbolt 3 is a protocol that uses the USB-C™ connector, but your computer system must support Thunderbolt 3 in order for the adapter. The Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter lets you connect Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices - external hard drives and Thunderbolt displays, for example - to any of the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports on your MacBook Pro.

  • MacBook Pro (2011 through 2015)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2011 and later)
  • Mac mini (Mid 2011 and later)
  • iMac (Mid 2011 through 2015)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

Use these guides to identify your Mac computer:

Apple Thunderbolt cable (0.5 m)
Part Number MD862ZM/A

Apple Thunderbolt cable (0.5 m)
Part Number MF640ZM/A

Apple Thunderbolt cable (2 m)
Part Number MC913ZM/A

Apple Thunderbolt cable (2 m)
Part Number MF639ZM/A


Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Part Number MD463ZM/A

Apple thunderbolt to usb adapter


Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter
Part Number MD464ZM/A

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For best performance, make sure that you've installed all available macOS software and firmware updates. You can check by choosing App Store from the Apple () menu, then clicking Updates.

Get more information on Thunderbolt and Apple Thunderbolt cables and adapters:

The adapters and cables in this article work with these Mac computers and iPad Pro devices:

  • Mac models that have Thunderbolt 3 ports. These ports support both Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connections.
  • Mac models that have a USB-C port. This port supports USB-C connections.
  • iPad Pro models that have a USB-C port. This port supports USB-C connections.
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To find the right cable or adapter for your Mac or iPad Pro, use the information below to identify the connector on the end of the cable coming from your display, hard drive, camera, hub, or other device. Check the end meant to plug into your Mac or iPad Pro.

Thunderbolt 3

If you're using an Apple Thunderbolt 3 cable or other Thunderbolt 3 cable with your display or other device, it will connect to your Mac without an adapter.

The Apple Pro Display XDR and LG UltraFine 5K Display use Thunderbolt 3.

USB-C

If you're using a mophie USB-C Cable with USB-C Connector or other USB-C cable with your device, it will connect to your Mac or iPad Pro without an adapter.

Thunderbolt adapter for macbook pro

The LG UltraFine 4K Display uses USB-C.

USB-A

If you're using a USB-A cable with your device, use the Apple USB-C to USB Adapter, the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, the Apple USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter, or another USB-C to USB-A adapter to connect your device to your Mac or iPad Pro.

To charge an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C port without one of these adapters, you can use the Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable instead.

Ethernet

If you're using an Ethernet cable with your device, use a third-party USB-C to Ethernet adapter, such as the Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.

Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2

If you're using a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 cable with a Thunderbolt display or other device, use the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter.

This is the correct adapter for the Apple Thunderbolt Display.

Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 are not the same as Mini DisplayPort . They have the same shape, but use different symbols on the cable and port.

Mini DisplayPort

If you're using a Mini DisplayPort cable with a Mini DisplayPort display, use a third-party USB-C to Mini DisplayPort adapter. Check with its manufacturer for compatibility with your Mac and display model.

This is the correct solution for the Apple LED Cinema Display.

Macbook Air Multiport Adapter Thunderbolt 2 Port

Mini DisplayPort is not the same as Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 . They have the same shape, but use different symbols on the cable and port.

DisplayPort

Thunderbolt Adapter For Mac

If you're using a DisplayPort cable with your display, use a third-party USB-C to DisplayPort adapter or cable, such as the Moshi USB-C to DisplayPort Cable.

HDMI

If you're using an HDMI cable with your display, use the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter or a third-party USB-C to HDMI adapter or cable.

VGA

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If you're using a VGA cable with your display, use the Apple USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter. Or use a third-party USB-C to VGA adapter, such as the Belkin USB-C to VGA Adapter.

DVI

If you're using a DVI cable with your display, use a third-party USB-C to DVI adapter or cable. Check with its manufacturer for compatibility with your Mac and display model.

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  • You can use your USB-C Power Adapter and charge cable with any Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C port on your Mac or iPad Pro.
  • If you have an Apple TV connected to your TV, projector, or other display, you can use AirPlay to wirelessly stream video to that display, or extend the desktop of your primary display.
  • Learn about using external monitors with your Mac.
  • Learn more about using the USB-C port on your iPad Pro.