New MacBook to Thunderbolt Display

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by georgewashingto, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009

    The thunderbolt to ethernet converter does not also convert ethernet to thunderbolt in that way.

    You would need a USB-C to Mini Displayport adapter, or a few adapters that get you there:

    And even if that works you would just get only the basic display functionality, the USB, Ethernet, webcam, etc. wouldn't work.
  2. whatever77 macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2015
    I am wondering if anyone has any input if the following would allow me to use my Thunderbolt display with the new Macbook:

    Apples $79 dongle (with HDMI female plug)

    connected to HDMI Cable where the female end is plugged into a Mini DisplayPort Male to HDMI Female Adapter

    and the mini display port (male) is connected to Mini DisplayPort Coupler (Female to Female)

    which is connected to the Thunderbolt. This will of course not transfer data from Thunderbolt USBs, Webcam etc. But will it work for picture and perhaps sound ?

  3. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

    Jun 3, 2009
    Melbourne, AU
    Kudos on your diagram, but as the above poster said, this would not work. You will be able to get DP video out of the USB-C port, but not thunderbolt functionality.
  4. Montymitch macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2009
  5. whatever77 macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2015
    Wonder if one could use the following connection to get at least the Thunderbolt display (and sound) to work,

    Start with Apples USB-C dongle that has a female HDMI plug.
    Then connect this which is a HDMI male (connects to Apple dongle) to Mini Display Male.

    From there, use a female to female coupler Minidisplay q=1&format=2

    In which one would connect the Thunderbolt display.

    This would not give data (use the USB ports on the display) but would it allow to use video and sound ?

    It is mind blowing that Apple has not announced a solution to use their own external displays.
  6. jonfarr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2012
    its probably because it doesn't work and they would just rather not admit that.
  7. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    The one that's a head-scratcher for me is the missing USB C iPhone/iPad Lightning cable. :eek:
  8. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    Sincerely hoping for a new Display, which supports USB-C, but then again, Apple would have to put two leads (one for USB-C, one for TB) - I'm not sure if Apple could justify creating a separate External display just for MB - when only a small percentage may ever want to use it with an external display.

    I'm sure a lot of the demographic who will buy this machine will already own existing Macs, and may want this device for portability.

    The TBD is certainly overdue a refresh. But then again, Apple's stance may be 'this machine is supposed to be tethered to nothing etc'.

    Really curious.
  9. gugy macrumors 68030

    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    I think Apple will want to push they tech so IMO, I think the new TB display might have that option.
  10. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    I sure hope so. Maybe the new TBD will support USB-C and Thunderbolt, I'm sure next year MBP and MBA will have USB-C.

    The sensible thing for them to have done would be to include a USB-C port in the new MBP and Airs and launched a new USB-C display, compatible with all three.

    Surprised they haven't made any announcements yet - maybe WWDC? It should have launched alongside the machine.
  11. legioxi macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2013
    The TBD doesn't work with DP devices, only Thunderbolt devices. You'd need the old 27" Cinema Display (can buy used) for this to work.

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