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Apple’s Thunderbolt 4 cable is as long as it gets

Apple’s Thunderbolt 4 cable is as long as it gets

 March 10, 2022 at 6:55 am   |     Author:   |     Technology  

Apple Thunderbolt 4 Pro Cable.
Enlarge / Apple Thunderbolt 4 Pro Cable.

Thunderbolt 4 can hit speeds of up to 40Gbps and support up to two 4K displays or even an 8K panel. And with Apple’s newly listed cable, you can reap those benefits from a nearly 10-foot distance.

As spotted by The Verge today, Apple has listed a 9.8-foot-long Thunderbolt 4 Pro Cable on its online store, saying the product is “coming soon.” That length offers greater flexibility than the longest Thunderbolt 4 offerings from cable makers like Belkin (6.6 feet), Cable Matters (6.6 feet), and Plugable (6.4 feet). The extra length could be just what the doctor ordered for large offices and studios. Even the countless brands on Amazon don’t offer a Thunderbolt 4 cable at a comparable length.

As with any product from Apple, the 9.8-foot Thunderbolt 4 cable comes at a premium. Apple is selling the cable for $159, or about $16.22 per foot. For comparison, Belkin’s longest Thunderbolt 4 cable is $10.61 per foot, Cable Matters’ is $9.09 per foot, and Plugable’s is around $10.94 per foot.

You could argue that Apple’s extra-long cable comes with a small comparative discount, however, since Apple is charging less per foot than it does for its 5.9-foot alternative. Apple’s 5.9-foot Thunderbolt 4 Pro Cable is $129, or $21.86 per foot.

Cables of such lengths are more common among Thunderbolt 3 and USB4, and we expect to see greater Thunderbolt 4 cable variety as the spec becomes more prevalent. On Tuesday, Apple announced the Mac Studio, which has a quartet of Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Apple is still selling Thunderbolt 3 (2.6 feet) and Thunderbolt 2 (6.6 feet) cables for $39 each.

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