Resolved ThunderBolt 3 > ThunderBolt 2 > Firewire

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  1. SirLio, Oct 28, 2016
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    SirLio macrumors newbie

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    Hi Guys,

    I am an audio guy and as many other audio guys out there, i currently own a firewire interface.

    Honestly, the future of Mac is giving me rather bad anxiety about the future port compatibility with our interfaces.

    Is there anyone out there with knowledge on how Thunderbolt & FireWire compatibility works? I would love to learn more about it.

    My question is, if i do invest in a new macbook pro, would buying Thunderbolt 3 > Thunderbolt 2 dongle & then the Thunderbolt 2 > Firewire work as if its directly connected to a Firewire port? or would there be complications?

    Is anyone else out there worried about this?
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Should work perfectly fine.

    This connected to this connected to your FireWire device(s). Or wait until someone releases a direct Thunderbolt 3 to FireWire adaptor.
     
  3. cube macrumors G5

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    TB3->TB2 adapter + Akitio dock should work

    It is not clear that another adapter can be powered from the Apple TB3->TB2 adapter. From the Startech it seems it can't (I tried an HDMI converter).
     
  4. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - That's a different limitation. The StarTech one doesn't support DisplayPort connections, which is why your Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adaptor didn't work.
     
  5. cube macrumors G5

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    It seems they clarified that it does provides power now.

    It seems I did not pay attention to the video limitation because I was not buying it for that.

    But if I remember well it does pass DisplayPort through to a dock.
     
  6. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Yeah, it's a pretty strange adaptor really. I also wonder if they're serious about the "Windows only" part, or if it's just because no Macs with TB3 existed when it was introduced.

    I trust the Apple one supports everything. And it's half the price, too.
     
  7. cube macrumors G5

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    Someone said it is a reference design. A lame one I would say.
     
  8. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - The Apple adaptor does work with the older FireWire adaptor.

    But like the StarTech one, it also does not support DisplayPort output. Must be an actual technical limitation at this point.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207266
     
  9. SirLio thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome, some official confirmation. thanks for this JTToft.
     

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