Questions about Thunderbolt cables

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by JFC, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. JFC macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2011
    I want to connect my MBP to a 46 inch TV.

    The people at the apple store say you need the TB to hdmi adaptor and an hdmi cable. I've also seen people on MR say the same. I can't understand why I need two things (adaptor and cable) to do one thing.

    I started searching around and I found this mini display/TB to hdmi cable. It is half the price of the TB adaptor alone.

    What options to other people use to connect TB to a TV or display? And will this cable on amazon work for what I want to do? Can someone explain why apple has TB adaptors and not TB to hdmi cables?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    If you are not using an Apple display, why not just use the mini display port adaptor? That and a long enough HDMI cable will do the job for you:®/dp/B002ERBFYM

    Just add a good quality HDMI cable. I use one of them with my MBP works fine, good sharp picture quality.

    My thunderbolt stuff is reserved for data transfer, and since I have a 27" iMac anyway I rarely connect it to the TV, but I have tested it and it works fine...Also on my MBA
  3. JFC thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2011
    If I wasn't clear, I don't want an adaptor and a cable, I just want one cable.

    Thunderbolt is for data transfer only? Then why is there a thunderbolt display?
  4. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    I don’t think you can get that anymore - the HDMI group has not licensed the spec to do that.

    No, TB can carry multiple protocols as I understand it. Apple’s display uses DP over TB to transmit it’s signal. Read up on it here. It is not purely data, but you would use TB to carry display signals on the chain.

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