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boylerman

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Mar 17, 2010
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I noticed that my M1 iPad Pro Will not connect to my M1 MacBook Pro using a Thunderbolt cable. It will charge, but will not show up in the finder. I just discovered that my iPad will also not connect to an external SSD using a Thunderbolt cable. It connects fine to both my Mac and the SSD if I use a standard USB-C cable.

Searching the forums, it seems this is a known issue and seems to have persisted across OS updates. Is anyone having success connecting their iPads to a device with a Thunderbolt cable?
 

Wdave

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Sep 28, 2021
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In the same boat here.
The iPad will not connect with a Thunderbolt 4 cable, or a USB4 cable.
On a USB 3.1(10gb) cable will connect at just USB 2.0 speeds, and a general run-of-the-mill USB 3.0(5gb) A to C cable through an adapter will connect to the damn iPad at 3.0 speeds.
Its nothing short of infuriating/maddening to see this happen
I have not tried to attach the iPad to my Macbook pro 14 inch via a TB3 cable, but I doubt there would be a difference tbh
 

xraydoc

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Oct 9, 2005
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I noticed that my M1 iPad Pro Will not connect to my M1 MacBook Pro using a Thunderbolt cable. It will charge, but will not show up in the finder. I just discovered that my iPad will also not connect to an external SSD using a Thunderbolt cable. It connects fine to both my Mac and the SSD if I use a standard USB-C cable.

Searching the forums, it seems this is a known issue and seems to have persisted across OS updates. Is anyone having success connecting their iPads to a device with a Thunderbolt cable?
Is it supposed to work like that? I didn’t think you could just plug it in and use it like a storage device.
 

chrfr

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Jul 11, 2009
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I noticed that my M1 iPad Pro Will not connect to my M1 MacBook Pro using a Thunderbolt cable. It will charge, but will not show up in the finder. I just discovered that my iPad will also not connect to an external SSD using a Thunderbolt cable. It connects fine to both my Mac and the SSD if I use a standard USB-C cable.

Searching the forums, it seems this is a known issue and seems to have persisted across OS updates. Is anyone having success connecting their iPads to a device with a Thunderbolt cable?
My M1 iPad Pro will connect to my 2018 Intel MacBook Pro and a 2020 M1 MacBook Air (both running 12.3) using a Thunderbolt 4 cable, although only at 10Gbps.
Make sure that you aren't missing the "Trust this computer" prompt on the iPad.
 

boylerman

macrumors regular
Original poster
Mar 17, 2010
142
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Massachusetts
My Mac is now running 12.4 and my iPad is running 15.5 and the Thunderbolt cable now connect and I can transfer files. I don't know how to accurately test connection speed, but Apple obviously addressed some connectivity issues with these updates.
 
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