What USB C cable?

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  1. w_rigdon macrumors newbie

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    Just picked up my new iPad Pro,well my 5k iMac does not have USB c it only has regular USB and the older thunderbolt ports. Will a USB to USB c cable from Amazon or Best Buy work to connect the iPad to the iMac.
     
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  3. jrs22 macrumors 6502

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    I went to the American amazon to put the cable in my cart. I believe this is the same one.

    https://smile.amazon.com/Anker-Powe...2629&sr=8-4&keywords=Anker+powerline+ii+usb-c

    According to Amazon this is a newer version of that cable. Is it worth the extra $10?

    https://smile.amazon.com/Anker-Thun...-Compatible/dp/B076D76DRQ/ref=dp_ob_title_wld

    I’m at a loss as I’ve never had to deal with cable technology before. I’m mostly going to be using the cable for charging, not data transfer. I have a 2013 MacBook and I need a different cable to connect the iPad to that.
     
  4. JD2015, Nov 10, 2018
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    From what I can make out Thunderbolt supports 40gb transfer speeds whereas USB C 3.1 supports up to 10gb transfer speeds. USB C 3.0 supports up to 5gb transfer speeds. Thunderbolt is backwards compatible with USB C 3.1 and 3.0 To complicate it you will see USB C 2.0 which basically means lower transfer speeds tha USB C 3.0.

    The IPad Pro does not support thunderbolt speeds. So you would be paying more for the newer one but future proofing it.

    However, with the cables in those links note the length is short at 3ft. They both I assume power the IPad Pro the same so if you are concerned about data transfer then Buy the Anker Powerline II. This is what I am doing but just when I have to transfer large data files onto iPad. Apples own USB cables supplied are USB C 2.0 but check on that. USB C cables also look the same so you cannot know what data transfer speeds they support by loooking at them. You need to check the specifications page they are sold on or box it comes with.
     
  5. MTShipp macrumors 6502a

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    Using the included cable, I can sync a 5.19GB movie in 2m56s. I bought a Belkin TB3 40 Gbps cable and sync that same movie in 41 seconds.
     
  6. Jimpilot macrumors 6502a

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    What are you using to store the movie. I mean what kind of storage device and how do you transfer it to iPad
     
  7. MTShipp macrumors 6502a

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    I have a MBP with 2TB transferring via USB-C from iTunes.
     
  8. jrs22 macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the clarity. I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro so while it does have usb 3 I believe I need a cable that connects usb-a to usb-c for data transfer. Right now I just want a longer cable to ease recharging my iPad in the kitchen. By the time I need to do a data transfer it might be easier to figure out what I need to link my iPad to my macbook, which usually lives upstairs.

    So if I just need the cable for recharging will any sturdy looking usb-c cable be ok?
     
  9. JD2015 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi there. I would say so. I am sticking to Apple or Anker USB C cables. A lot of nightmare stories about USB C cables which have caused damage to people’s devices as people tend to go for cheap rubbish from unrecognised retailers.
     
  10. BayouTiger macrumors 6502

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    One thing I haven’t seen mentioned is that not all TB3 cables are compatible with USB-C. TB3 cables are limited to .5 meters to get the 40Gb/s. Anything longer will be limited to 20Gb/s unless it is an active cable. Active cables are very pricey and are NOT compatible with USB-C.

    A USB-A to USB-C cable should work fine to connect to an iMac.
     
  11. Never mind, Nov 11, 2018
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    Just a sidenote. Anyone find that your USB-C cable that came with your new Gen 3 iPade is a tough cookie to remove from your iPad? Boy, mine is somewhat difficult and I’m afraid that is going to break on me at some point.


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  12. Codeseven macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought the new iPad to replace my old Air 1 and I have an old 2008 MBP that I now need to Resore it to from iTunes. My MBP has both USB and FireWire 400 ports. While looking at cables over at Best Buy a salesman warned against using anything but Apple cables saying he did and ended up sending his new iPad into a ‘resrart loop’ where while connected it would continuously shut and down and boot back up. He said an Apple service tech told him over the phone it was caused be an incapatable cable. Once he switched to an Apple USB to USB C cable the problem stopped. True?
     
  13. w_rigdon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I got the Belkin USB-A to USB-C from Best Buy and it works perfectly.
     

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