Apple Now Selling 0.8m Thunderbolt 3 Cable for $39

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Alongside the iMac Pro, Apple today updated its online store to add an Apple-branded 0.8m Thunderbolt 3 cable, which is the first Thunderbolt 3 cable Apple has offered that isn't manufactured by a third-party company.

    The cable is priced at $39, which is more expensive than a similar Belkin Thunderbolt 3 cable also available from the Apple website for $29.95.


    Apple's Thunderbolt 3 cable offers TB3 data transfer speeds up to 40Gb/s and USB 3.1 Gen 2 data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gb/s, along with DisplayPort video output (HBR3) and charging up to 100W.

    Aside from a Thunderbolt logo located at either end of the cable, there is no branding. It is, however, designed in the same style as Apple's traditional USB-C and Lightning cables.

    The Thunderbolt 3 cable is compatible with all USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Macs, including the latest iMac Pro, iMac, and MacBook Pro models.

    Article Link: Apple Now Selling 0.8m Thunderbolt 3 Cable for $39
  2. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Nice. Allows me to put my RAID further from my iMac Pro.
  3. groovyd Suspended


    Jun 24, 2013
    A warm welcoming of everyone to the new universal port lol
  4. elephant man macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2005
  5. Supacon macrumors member


    Jul 7, 2011
    Yes, for an extra $4,970. It comes with a free iMac Pro.
  6. rezwits macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2007
    Las Vegas
    Yeah, I got the "Belkin" USB-A to Type-C, guess what "No Power". Works for direct AppleTV 4 to Xcode, but, be careful what "Thunderbolt 3" cable you get because some don't or can't include all protocols...there are write-ups on the differences:

    Active vs Passive,
    Length, and cable material, etc
  7. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2017
    I just checked and there is no TB3 cable included with the iMac Pro. I don't see why they would need to include one either.

    Why then was this released
  8. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2014
    Wonder why it took them so long, given the first TB3 macs came out in 2016

    Caldigit makes the best TB3 cable right now, wonder how this compares to it
  9. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    I hope Apple makes a better quality Thunderbolt cable than they do a Lightning cable. Their Lightning cables are some of the flimsiest Lightning cables I’ve used.
  10. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    Ditto that. After experiencing the frail abomination called the Apple Lightening cable falling apart on more than one occasion- I personally wouldn't choose another Apple cable again.
  11. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    Only $40?

    That's only around $1.25 per inch..
    Good deal!
  12. Ohples macrumors newbie


    Aug 13, 2016
    Raleigh, NC
    Their USB-C to lighting cables aren't that bad though
  13. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    I believe Apple's cable is the longest 40Gbps, 10Gbps, 100w available (the trinity universal cable). Caldigit's 1m cable can't do USB3 10Gbps and it's $50. Apple's cable is slightly shorter, but it's cheaper and supports 10Gbps.
  14. ziggie216 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    Thats TB3 specs. You won't find any TB3 cables that are 1m and longer that can do USB 3.x speed
  15. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    Right, which is why Apple's cable is the longest one that can at 0.8m vs the competition at 0.5m
  16. ross1998 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2013
    Almost as big of a rip off as the 40$ lightning to 30 pin adapter I got from Apple.
  17. 827538 macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    I’ve always used Amazon Basics for lightning cables and HDMI cables. Good quality, low price. As much as I like most of Apple’s products I try and avoid their cables.
  18. RumorConsumer macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2016
    Bad idea. Apple cables generally outperform the competition. It’s the one component I wouldn’t skimp on. Recent articles about USB-PD charging have made this abundantly clear. Also demonstrable with USB to Lightning.
  19. 827538 macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Have you got an article? Genuinely curious.
    Never had an issue with Amazon Basic cables.
  20. Applebot1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2014
    Has TB lived up to its original hype? It’s not something I need or use but would like to know the thoughts of more power users.
  21. Böhme417 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2009
    ...except they're priced too high with no reasonable alternatives available
  22. thasan macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2007
    Easier for me. I have two displays and a USB device and headphone connected to a single port. Plus power of course. Very convenient.
  23. MH01, Dec 14, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2017

    MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    For people who want to buy very expensive accessories and gloating rights.

    TB3 does make sense , though it's a shame , the price of docks etc
  24. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Not just yet for the average Joe, but for power users and content creators 4K and up, 40Gb/s is already a godsend.

    Although even for average consumers, eventually the simplicity of one-connector-for-all will pay off by streamlining hooking up various peripherals, etc.
  25. Sefstah macrumors 6502a

    Dec 21, 2015
    It’s not an idea. I use one everyday. In fact I got four of them in my house for a fraction of the cost of Apples lightning cable. How exactly do they outperform the competition for you? The only difference I found is that they are overpriced, and the insulation always tears.

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