Why oh why!

knemonic

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Can't Apple offer a Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 adapter like the Firewire 800?

I can get a USB 3.0 base for my Seagate FreeAgent, but have no where to plug it in on my iMac.

Guh!
 

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Can't Apple offer a Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 adapter like the Firewire 800?

I can get a USB 3.0 base for my Seagate FreeAgent, but have no where to plug it in on my iMac.

Guh!
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knemonic

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I've heard of those.

That's cool and all, but you're talking a chunk of change. You have to buy the device, the card, a TB cable.

If Apple were to make a TB to USB 3.0 for $30, that is gold.

You could get a reasonably cheap external with that adapter that doesn't break the bank.

I really hope they do this, since for all iMac and older Air/Pros, could get USB 3.0 without all new machines, which is one of the points I had always assumed with TB.
 

knemonic

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It takes active electronics to convert Thunderbolt to USB; it costs money
I doubt that. They created a TB to Firewire adapter. Also, TB essentially is just an extension of the Express PCI bus, meaning all the cable is is like a bare PCI slot inside an Mac Pro. The cable would have a small controller chip inside, similar to a PCI card inside a Mac Pro that goes to USB 3.0.

Feasibly, I don't see why it cannot be done.
 
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