Apple starts selling 3m Thunderbolt 4 cables for $159
In short: Apple has just started selling its three meter Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable. Priced at $159, this is currently the longest Thunderbolt 4 cable on the market, supporting data transfer up to 40Gbps, DisplayPort video output, and power delivery up to 100W.
Apple’s new 3m Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable is now officially available for purchase at a steep price. $159. While this price tag may seem insane, this is currently the longest Thunderbolt 4 cable on the market.
Passive Thunderbolt cables have a maximum length of about 0.8m, but this is an active cable. This means that it has chips and retimers inside that work together to reduce signal jitter. You can see the disassembly of the 1.8m version of this cable. here.
The cable supports a variety of standards including Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt 4 and USB 4 data transfer rates up to 40Gbps, DisplayPort video output (HBR3), and power delivery up to 100W. It’s also braided to prevent tangling, which is nice to have given the price.
Taking a look at Amazon, all cables with similar specifications have a maximum length of 2 meters, although more reasonable. Prices. You can now choose from Corning’s Thunderbolt Optical Cables, which 50mbut these are only data cables without power supply.
However, if power delivery is all you need, check out the new Club3D USB Type-C cables that can deliver up to 240W of power. They will probably cost a lot less, although 40 Gbps is limited to just 1 meter.