Why $159 isn’t a totally crazy price for Apple’s 3-meter Thunderbolt 4 cable

Why $159 isn’t a totally crazy price for Apple’s 3-meter Thunderbolt 4 cable

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Apple’s 3-meter Thunderbolt 4 cable
Apple now offers almost 10-feet of high-speed Thunderbolt 4 connectivity.
Photo: Apple

A 3-meter version of the Apple’s Thunderbolt 4 cable can now be ordered. The extra-long cable connects Macs to peripherals at up to 40Gbps and 100W of power.

It’s $159, or two or three times the cost of a high-quality 2-meter Thunderbolt 4 cable from rival companies. Trouble is, the 3-meter cable doesn’t have any direct competition.

Apple’s 3-meter Thunderbolt 4 Pro Cable is a lot of connectivity

If you want to put your Mac about 10 feet away from a monitor, drive or other accessory, your best option is Apple’s new Thunderbolt cable with USB-C connectors on either end.

“Use this cable to connect a Mac with Thunderbolt 3 or 4 (USB-C) ports to Thunderbolt (USB-C) and USB displays and devices such as Studio Display, Pro Display XDR, docks, and hard drives,” notes Apple.

Computers that support Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3 or USB 4 can transfer data as fast as 40Gbps, but that requires a top-quality cable like this one. And it’s also backward compatible with older USB-C standards that transfer data up to 10Gbps.

Plus, Apple’s three-meter cable can safely handle up to 100 watts of power to let plenty of juice flow to and from your Mac. It offers a black braided cover that’s designed to coil without tangling.

The Apple Thunderbolt 4 Pro Cable (3 m) is available now from the online Apple Store. It can also be found in many of the Mac-maker’s retail locations.

Size matters

As noted, the price for Apple’s latest cable is a whopping $159. But anyone who really needs a 3-meter Thunderbolt 4 cable doesn’t seem to have any cheaper options.

Several other rival companies make good-quality 2-meter Thunderbolt cables that are significantly cheaper than Apple’s own 2-meter version. But those accessory makers don’t produce 3-meter versions of the high-speed cable.

In this case, if you need a full 9.84 feet of Thunderbolt 4 cable, it’s Apple’s way or the highway.