Apple is itemizing a new 3-meter Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable on its retailer for $159, which is arguably far an excessive amount of for a cable. But given the shortage of different Thunderbolt 4 cable choices over 2 meters in size, it is likely to be your solely possibility.
The itemizing coincides with the announcement of Apple’s new Mac Studio, which incorporates 4 Thunderbolt 4 ports on its again to connect with shows and different units. Apple’s additionally promoting a 1.8-meter cable for $129 that ships in two to a few weeks. Apple’s 3-meter Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable says it’s “coming soon.”
Apple’s 3-meter Thunderbolt 4 cable gained’t have a lot, if any, competitors when it arrives. Whether it’s Belkin, Caldigit, CableMatters, or Plugable, no main cable producer (that I’ve discovered) sells a Thunderbolt 4 cable over 2-meters in size. For a very particular type of consumer, Apple’s $159 cable may genuinely be the most suitable choice.
Apple’s $129 1.8-meter Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable, in the meantime, is getting into into a rather more crowded market. Caldigit’s 2-meter different costs $74.99, Belkin’s costs $69.99, Plugable has one on sale for $69.95, and Cable Matters has one for $59.99. Depending in your wants, you may even have the ability to avoid wasting cash with a Thunderbolt 3 cable since the usual supports 5K. Apple’s 5K Studio Monitor, for instance, ships with a single Thunderbolt 3 port and a 1-meter Thunderbolt cable within the field.
The Thunderbolt 4 customary is less than two years old at this level, so the dearth of availability of 3-meter choices is more likely to abate over time. But if you wish to be an early adopter, than it seems such as you might need to pay the Apple tax.