Apple has unveiled a new substantial-conclude Thunderbolt 3 cable in its on the net retail store. The $129 Thunderbolt 3 Professional cable is 2 meters lengthy, has a black braided design, and supports both equally DisplayPort output and USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps details transfer — while of course details speeds can be up to Thunderbolt 3’s standard 40Gbps amongst compatible gadgets.
This is unquestionably not low-priced for a cable, but there essentially does not feel to be a competing choice that gives the similar aspect established for a lot less. The cable appears to have quietly long gone on sale past month just after earlier having been bundled with the Pro Screen XDR, and this Reddit thread from yesterday features some discussion on why specifically it charges so significantly.
The $79.95 2-meter Belkin Thunderbolt 3 cable that Apple also sells, for instance, does not assist DisplayPort or USB 3.1, that means it is only really suited for use situations where just about every gadget in the chain has Thunderbolt 3. If you utilized that cable to plug, say, a MacBook Pro into a Thunderbolt dock or an exterior GPU, the accessory’s ports would be confined to 480Mbps USB 2. speeds with USB-primarily based peripherals. (Also, it isn’t braided.)
That explained, if you do not want the size or the braiding, Apple’s normal non-pro .8-meter Thunderbolt 3 cable does the similar point for $39. What is new here is the combination of options at a extended size.