This is what Apple’s 179-euro cable looks like from the inside

It is nothing new that Apple likes to charge higher prices for its own accessories. However, the price for a new cable might seem extortionate to many. atechbook explains what the cable can do and reveals which components are inside.

iPhone cases for over 50 euros, braided Apple Watch wristbands for 100 euros or even Lightning charging cables for 25 euros. If you want accessories with the bitten apple, you can easily pay at least twice as much as the competition. However, you should not forget that Apple’s products are often of better quality. You might not notice a difference in Lightning charging cables, but the originals are clearly ahead in iPhone cases or Apple Watch bands. But what about the 179 euro Thunderbolt 4 cable?

Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable (3m) for 179 euros

For 179 Euros, you can almost get the 3rd generation of AirPods from Apple. Or a three meter long Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable. With it, you can connect a Mac or MacBook to a monitor.

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The first question that immediately comes to mind is: Why is the cable so expensive? The answer: It offers the latest technology. It is also very long at three meters. However, the latter plays the smaller role. The Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable is already available in a length of 1.8 meters for 149 Euros.

What’s in the cable

ChargerLAB has now opened the cable in a so-called teardown video to find out what is really inside. According to the video, the cable contains silver- and copper-coated wires and 24 gold-plated pins. The housing inside is made of brass. The material value for this should still be very low due to the small amount. Furthermore, there is also a special Intel chip in the cable, which is supposed to ensure even better transmission.

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An Apple cable has never been faster

Here’s an overview of the cable’s specifications:

  • Data transfer up to 40 Gbps
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 data transfer up to 10 Gbps
  • DisplayPort video output (HBR3)
  • Backward compatible: connect Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt 4 or USB-C and USB-enabled devices and displays
  • Up to 100 W of power transfer
  • Connect up to six Thunderbolt 3 devices in series

Many may assume that the standout feature, and also the biggest price driver, is the 40 Gbps data transfer rate. However, this is wrong. The predecessor, Thunderbolt 3, already achieved the same speeds. Thunderbolt 3 cables are available in 80 cm lengths for around 45 Euros.

However, Thunderbolt 4 is still more powerful because 8K monitors can be connected instead of only 4K thanks to improved video data support. PCIe data speeds have also doubled to 32 Gbit/s. Important if you want to connect an external graphics card.

Also interesting: 10 inexpensive alternatives to expensive Apple accessories.

Conclusion: High-end for too high a price

In the end, this is a cable that users of the latest Apple hardware will use in the professional sector. In relation to the purchase prices of Mac Pros and co., the price is therefore quite plausible. However, if you look at the cable individually, it is simply too expensive for private users. Comparable Thunderbolt 4 cables are available on Amazon for a third of the price. However, as ChargerLAB also says, it is the best cable in the professional sector.