Why oh why!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by knemonic, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. knemonic macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2009
    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.

  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Orbiting a G-type Main Sequence Star
    Check out the Sonnet Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter .

  3. knemonic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2009
    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.
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    It takes active electronics to convert Thunderbolt to USB; it costs money
  5. Razorhog macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2006
    Maybe sell your current iMac and use the cash towards a new USB 3 enabled 2012 iMac. :D
  6. knemonic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2009
    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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