Apple is finally selling its own Thunderbolt 3 (USB C) cables on its online store for $39. The cable is 0.8m in length, and is compatible with all Macs, including the new iMac Pro, iMac, as well as the MacBook Pro. The cable can charge devices at 100W and provide DisplayPort output for video.
The cables have no Apple branding on them, although there are Thunderbolt markers on each end. Interestingly, this is the first Thunderbolt cable on the Apple Store that isn’t from a third party manufacturer. Up until now, offerings from Belkin and other manufacturers crowded the Apple online store, but that changes today.
However, at $39, Apple’s offering will cost at least $10 more than third party offerings, which could be a concern for prospective buyers. Apple already makes USB-C to USB-C cables, although they come with older USB 2.0 speeds, which is simply not enough for the new crop of devices coming out of Apple’s sheds.
Both cables look pretty much the same with the Thunderbolt markings on the newly released cable being the only differentiating factor. It is a little baffling, though, that Apple didn’t offer this as the default option with the new crop of Macs. It’s not clear if Apple will offer this USB C Thunderbolt 3 cable with its devices in the future, but it seems unlikely. You can check out the new accessory from the Apple Store link below.The Verge]