New MacBook Pros May Not Be Compatible With Some Early Thunderbolt 3 Devices [Updated]

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    Apple's new MacBook Pros appear to be incompatible with Thunderbolt 3 devices that use controller chips from Texas Instruments, meaning some early Thunderbolt 3 products may not work with the new machines.

    The incompatibility was discovered by Plugable (via 9to5), who found that their TBT3-DP2X and TBT3-HDMI2X graphics adapters were not compatible with Apple's new MacBook Pros because they use a controller chip from Texas Instruments. As a result, Plugable will be postponing its upcoming Docking Station as it works on a compatibility solution.
    Because some existing or soon-to-be available Thunderbolt 3 accessories may not be compatible with the new MacBook Pro, customers who are looking to purchase docks, adapters, and other products should double check with manufacturers to ensure compatibility.

    Many products on the horizon newer Thunderbolt 3 chipsets and won't be affected, and it's also possible Apple could push a firmware update to add support for accessories with the older Texas Instruments controller.

    Update: Plugable has provided MacRumors with more information on which Thunderbolt 3 accessories are supported by the MacBook Pro and which are not.
    Article Link: New MacBook Pros May Not Be Compatible With Some Early Thunderbolt 3 Devices [Updated]
     
  2. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    This thing could really use some good news.

    Seems like nothing but negative articles lately.
     
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Is this a case of evolving TB3 standards? A similar issue came up with USB-C since the standard hadn't been finalized in 2015 when Apple released the 12" MacBook. Some chargers that work in the 2015 model don't work for the 2016 model.
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    How about the most pre-orders of a MacBook Pro ever?
     
  4. fs454 macrumors 68000

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    As if we needed any more straight up kicks to the balls with this product.
     
  5. cicalinarrot macrumors regular

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    This may ruin the new MacBook's great reputation. :(
     
  6. Loismustdie1 macrumors member

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    You know what? My early 2013 MacBook Pro can make it another cycle. This is ridiculous.
     
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    Is there anything good about these MacBooks? expect that they are almost sold out as they said? :D
     
  9. fs454 macrumors 68000

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    Potentially, but it's different when you're talking chargers versus all currently released Thunderbolt 3 devices, of which that interface is your only port on the device.

    TB3 is TB3, there should be at the very least a reduced speed connectivity or a compromise rather than a flat out incompatibility.
     
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    It would be nice for your TB3 devices to work with a machine you just paid $1800+ plus for. This launch is just full of bad news.
     
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    That would require the MacBook not being neutered. This is what happens when you release pig schlock for a laptop.
     
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    Cue the haters....
    This has nothing to do with dongles, so let's stop that discussion right now.

    Thunderbolt 3 combines PCI Express and DisplayPort protocols into a single signal in addition to power. Its extremely versatile. Just like not all wireless headphones are up to 4.2 BT specs, I'm sure not all T3 peripherals are created equal as well.

    Apple is being Apple, and that means outrageously priced stuff with hard to swallow limitations. I think folks forget that this is really been Apple's MO for decades. Either buy their stuff or don't, but stop complaining about something you have no control over.
     
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    Powered by iCloud and Apple Music.
     
  17. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

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    We're getting really close to hubris. Nope, we are there. What the ****.
     
  18. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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    So the 2016 MacBook Pros are not even compatible with Thunderbolt 3 devices that are out there?

    This is turning out to be a complete disaster.
     
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    Throw it on the pile with ..

    Slower wifi
    Awful keyboard
    Reduced bandwidth tb3 ports
     
  20. Northgrove macrumors 65816

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    Apple is going to need a Connectivity Consulting Center at this pace. Included in AppleCare!
     
  21. vertical smile macrumors 68040

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    . You're right, that is good. But, that seems like spin a little.

    If Toyota released a new Turbo SW20 MR2 tomorrow in the US and only sold 10 of them for the rest of the year, Toyota could say they sold more SW20s in the past week, then they have in the previous 2 decades.

    True? Yes. Good? Well, it's a start, but who knows how many they will sell in the next year.
     
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    Any more info on what these ti chips actually do?
     
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    With all the bad news has come out as of late, how can one not be disappointed?
     
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    So so people should be happy about this?

    Okay how's this: Wahoo! My TB3 device that uses a Texas Instruments controller won't work with the new MacBook Pros! This is awesome!

    To be fair, only one's that use Texas Instruments controllers.
     

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