Resolved Connecting Apple Thunderbolt display to iMac 5k you get an hub with a single adapter!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by katbel, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. katbel macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2009
    How can I connect my old Apple Thunderbolt display to my iMac 5k 2017 USB-C ? Do I need the very expensive Apple adapter or there is some competition around? I looked around but couldn't find any so far, a lot of mini-display connectors but I'm not sure it will work with my Thunderbolt Display.
    Plus in case it works, will I be able to use the ports available on the old Apple Thunderbolt display? This would be cool. Did anyone try yet ?
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    You need the Thunderbolt 3 to 2 adapter. A USB-C to Mini DisplayPort adapter will not work as the Thunderbolt Display supports only Thunderbolt connections.
  3. katbel thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2009
    Today I decided to give it a try, went to the Apple store and I bought one dongle too.

    The good part is that all the ports on the Thunderbolt Display work and this is so good because I have few more ports available,

    1 Firewire 800 (I bought another adapter two years ago Firewire 800 to 400) , 3 USB, 1 Thunderbolt, and this is fantastic.

    The cons is it's so expensive for just one dongle but I'm telling myself it's like I bought an hub that is not available on the market :cool:
    If someone else has the same question here you have the answer!
  4. mikehalloran macrumors 65816

    Oct 14, 2018
    The Sillie Con Valley
  5. katbel thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2009
    You are right but it happens I have one Apple TB Display and this is why I was looking around to expand my ports and to get the ones on the Display that I was going to lose and they are so essential to me.

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