New MBP 2016 with Apple thunderbolt display

bethpapa74

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Hi,
I have been using apple thunderbolt display (ATD) daisy chained to my drobo 5D for many years.
Just would like to know if the newly announced MBP 15" 2016 support my good old ATD?

Adrian
 

Spink10

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Probably need to have the new MBP connected to power through its USB C Power Brick as well. I am in same situation. You don't have to use the MagSafe from the TBD currently you can use a separate MagSafe charger.
 
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killawat

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The display will work fine without magsafe attached. You can simply leave it disconnected or cover it with electrical tape. The risk of it being "exposed" is minimal since electricity doesn't flow thru it without the mac first acknowledging the connection .
 

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On the ATD, there are two connecting cables, the thunderbolt and magsafe. I think the display cannot work without connecting the magsafe, Hence on the new 2016 MBP, where should i place the magsafe from the ATD?
Why don't you just plug in the Thunderbolt cable on your current MBP and leave the MagSafe cable unplugged to find out if it will work with the MagSafe not plugged in? Seems simple enough.
 

el-John-o

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If you don't mind me jumping in here; with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter work for mini-Displayport? I have the previous generation cinema display that while the same physical port; is simply miniDP. Does anyone know if this will 'work'?
 

killawat

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If you don't mind me jumping in here; with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter work for mini-Displayport? I have the previous generation cinema display that while the same physical port; is simply miniDP. Does anyone know if this will 'work'?
Im in the same boat, I don't think it would work because the adapter is expecting TB on the other end. Yes, I know Displayport rides TB but the Displayport side won't be expecting TB.
 

el-John-o

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Im in the same boat, I don't think it would work because the adapter is expecting TB on the other end. Yes, I know Displayport rides TB but the Displayport side won't be expecting TB.
There doesn't seem to be a USB-C to mini-DP adapter so it looks like if that doesn't work; then I'll be needing TWO dongles to connect to that display.

I ordered the TB3 to TB2 adapter anyway simply to use for transferring files from my old mac to my new one when it gets here. Which, I know, is a lot of money to spend to do something that I could've done via ethernet; it'd just take more time. Oh well. But it actually works both ways; and I'm planning to order a TB2 storage array too; so it'll spend the rest of it's days plugged into that. So I'll see if it works! If not, then I get to connect TWO dongles to make a display work that was supposed to 'just work' with my MacBook Pro. ah, progress...
 

Oliverhay

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Why don't you just plug in the Thunderbolt cable on your current MBP and leave the MagSafe cable unplugged to find out if it will work with the MagSafe not plugged in? Seems simple enough.
Some laptops won't go into "clamshell" mode unless they have power - even when an external keyboard and mouse connected. If its not working, you can just open the lid and both displays should work :)
 

mikestein

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Helo guys! I don't want to start a new thread cause my question ist very similar and related to the adapter posted here.
Will this Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter also work to use my late 2012 27" iMac in Target Display Mode with a new MBP? With the old MBP I love the oppotunity to use the still wonderful screen of my old workstation at home. In fact that's what really keeps my away from buying a new one.
 

JTToft

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If you don't mind me jumping in here; with the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter work for mini-Displayport? I have the previous generation cinema display that while the same physical port; is simply miniDP. Does anyone know if this will 'work'?
Im in the same boat, I don't think it would work because the adapter is expecting TB on the other end. Yes, I know Displayport rides TB but the Displayport side won't be expecting TB.
There doesn't seem to be a USB-C to mini-DP adapter so it looks like if that doesn't work; then I'll be needing TWO dongles to connect to that display.
- No, won't work. The adaptor can't output to pure DisplayPort unfortunately.
https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT207266

But there definitely are USB-C to Mini DisplayPort adaptors. Here's one:
https://www.amazon.com/AV-Access-Di...41&sr=8-10&keywords=usb-c+to+mini+displayport

Will this Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter also work to use my late 2012 27" iMac in Target Display Mode with a new MBP?
- While the support article I linked above doesn't specifically mention Target Display Mode, I have no reason to think it wouldn't work.
 

el-John-o

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- No, won't work. The adaptor can't output to pure DisplayPort unfortunately.
https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT207266

But there definitely are USB-C to Mini DisplayPort adaptors. Here's one:
https://www.amazon.com/AV-Access-Di...41&sr=8-10&keywords=usb-c+to+mini+displayport


- While the support article I linked above doesn't specifically mention Target Display Mode, I have no reason to think it wouldn't work.
Thanks! This just shows how spoiled Apple has made me but; hopefully I can source up an adapter that isn't so big, bulky and ugly! Ha!
 
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