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
    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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