What is the difference between Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt 4, USB-C and USB4? Quite a lot when it comes to cables!
We have to admit again the fact that we have been caught out with the different standards even though the cables look the same. Trying to connect directly attached storage using Thunderbolt doesn't work when you only have a cable that is good for USB4. That's half an hour of time that we won't be getting back! (and a bit of swearing).
So what are the variations between the Thunderbolts and USB standards? This video from OWC, one of our sponsors, nicely sums up the differences between the cables that all have the USB-C connector. Our takeaway is if you can afford it, make sure all your USB-C cables are rated for Thunderbolt 4!
Also as one commentator has noted, beware of counterfeit cables claiming to be Thunderbolt 4 when they are only USB standard.