New MacBook Pro Units Aren’t Compatible With Current Thunderbolt Devices
According to the latest report from Plugable, both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro are not compatible with most existing Thunderbolt 3 devices due to the hardware these devices use.
The company, who makes a variety of Thunderbolt 3 peripherals, discovered that their devices will not work with the new MacBook because they use a first generation controller chip from Texas Instruments.
Current Thunderbolt 3 devices released before November 2016 utilize the Texas Instruments TPS65982 USB-C controller along with Intel's Thunderbolt 3 chipset (Alpine Ridge). These are not supported by the software installed on the updated MacBook Pro units that require the second-generation chips. The devices with these new chips are currently undergoing the certification and are not yet available for purchase.
Apple introduced the updated MacBook Pro lineup in October. If you’re planning to buy a new laptop, make sure your peripheral devices are compatible with the device.
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