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Confirmed - Thunderbolt Cables are Henge Docks Compatible

Apple Thunderbolt Cable

The introduction of the Thunderbolt I/O standard by Apple and Intel earlier this year was an exciting opportunity to bring some seriously fast data transfer capabilities to the MacBook line up, but from a technical standpoint it left a lot of people (including us) scratching their heads. What exactly was Thunderbolt? It looked like a Mini DisplayPort cable, was backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort peripherals, but there were no accessories or cables on the market to test out. Then there was the "LightPeak" confusion, Thunderbolt's original internal working name at Intel, which was originally going to be a copper bundled fiber optic cable. Clearly there were no fiber optic capabilities in the new MacBook models (other than TOSLINK) and Thunderbolt was supposedly electrically identical to Mini DisplayPort, but you couldn't use a Male to Male Mini DisplayPort Cable to link two MacBooks together. Well, now we know. Apple introduced its Thunderbolt Cable and 27-inch Thunderbolt Display a couple of weeks back. Inside the Thunderbolt Cable head is a chip-set that enables the high speed data transfer. iFixit.com did a good writeup if you're looking for something more technical. That lead to the next question - Will Thunderbolt Cables fit in Henge Docks? The answer is yes, the Thunderbolt cable heads fit perfectly in our existing dock lines. We still need to test a Thunderbolt Display, but the cable heads appear to be identical from photos. We will also be publishing a series of blog posts with more details about Thunderbolt in the coming days.


5 Comments

Tannie
Tannie

December 03, 2015

Through trial and error, I’ve learned that only the 2 meter Apple cable fits nicely as a replacement cable. The shorter version has a matte finish, and is slightly too thick to fit without damaging the cable. The longer version has a shiny, plastic fitting on the end that fits very nicely.

Tannie
Tannie

December 03, 2015

I’m having the same issue. The Thunderbolt cables do not fit. Even if you try jamming it in, it takes a lot of force. And will ruin the cable when you pull it out.

Nick B
Nick B

March 17, 2014

It states that the cable works but you had not yet tested with a thunderbolt device/display. Have you been able to successfully test this yet?

jesse
jesse

March 17, 2014

have you tested with one of those yet?

Joey
Joey

March 17, 2014

I bought this dock and the thunderbolt plug does not fit in the slot. The provided firewire cable doesn’t even fit in the slot. Product is terrible. I am now ordering a BlackTip dock and hoping it does not suck as much.

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