Apple Support Page Outlines Thunderbolt 3 Adapters for 2016 MacBook Pro



Apple has released a support page that outlines different adapters users can purchase to connect with Thunderbolt 3 to their new 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

The new MacBook Pro features four Thunderbolt 3 ports, which use the same connector as USB-C. If you are using an existing Thunderbolt 2 peripherals, you will need the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter.

If you are looking to connect devices like digital cameras and thumb drives, you will need to purchase a USB-C to USB adapter. For connecting your new MacBook to an external monitor, you will need either a USB-C Digital AV Multiport adapter or a USB-C VGA Multiport adapter.

To charge and sync your iPhone with your new MacBook you will need to purchase a USB-C to Lightning Cable.

Late-2016 MacBook Pro models will vary slightly in the data speeds that are provided to each of the Thunderbolt 3 ports. On the 15-inch model, all four ports deliver full performance.

However, on the 13-inch model, the two ports on the left side provide full performance, while the two ports on the right deliver Thunderbolt 3 functionality with a reduced PCI-e bandwidth. This means that you will not get the full speed Thunderbolt 3 is supposed to deliver.

Apple advises that users connect higher-performance peripherals to the Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side of the 13-inch model. For reference, higher-performance devices can be considered as external storage or external monitors. It appears that the limitation is mostly due to the integrated GPU found on the 13-inch model, while the 15-inch model’s dedicated AMD GPU is powerful enough to provide full performance across all four ports.


  • floydstyle

    sorry for my ignorance but what about my old Apple Led cinema display 27 inch? I need no adaptor on either my old early 2011 MBP as well as my mac mini. But is there any adaptor if I want to upgrade my old 2011 MBP to the 2016 one?

  • Dany Quirion

    Yes there is

  • johnnygoodface

    When you’ve decided to invest over 3000$CAN for a MPB 13” with Touch Bar and Apple Care+, I think you can spend 100$ over some adapters

  • Ian

    Lol… $3000 for a MB Pro…. I don’t think I’ll ever spend that… you could buy a used car for that.

  • hlna55

    Or…. for $3000+ you should get your choice of 2 adapters so you can connect your $1500 iPhone or something of the like. At any rate, when someone designs something with the intent of selling you more peripherals or that knowingly doesn’t work, you should be somehow assisted in the transition. This has all become ridiculous.

  • You could buy a used car for the price of an iPhone as well. Or a mountain bike. Or a new mattress.

    If you’re in need of a vehicle, then it makes sense that you would buy a used car instead of a MacBook Pro. But if I already have a vehicle, and am in need of a new high-end laptop that runs MacOS, then why would I spend $3000 on a used car? I could buy a MacBook Pro for that.

  • xxxJDxxx

    After paying $3500 for your new beautifully designed Macbook we’re going to gouge you a few hundred more for some ugly cumbersome dongles that will hang off the side of your Macbook to make it useable with the peripherals you own. Ridiculous. Add this to the headphone removal of the iPhone 7 and I’m quickly losing faith in apple.

    Always been a fan but I’m starting to think the “apple isn’t the same without Steve” crowd is right.

    Overcharging and under equipping.