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Can You Use Your OWC Thunderbolt Gear With Apple Silicon M1 Macs?

This week, Apple unveiled the first Macs to use Apple silicon. We want to assure you that OWC’s current Thunderbolt (USB-C) external storage and docks are compatible with the new M1 computers shipping next week. OWC has the Thunderbolt storage solutions you need to move large amounts of data in seconds or add multiple ports to your laptop with award-winning docks, and that will never change!


OWC Thunderbolt (USB-C) Storage

OWC Envoy Pro EX USB-C

Whether you’re building your own drive with the OWC Envoy Express, need the rugged protection of the Envoy Pro EX SSD or the peace of mind of having all your data backed up to a ThunderBay RAID, OWC storage solutions harness the speed of Thunderbolt with capacities up to 128TB.


OWC Thunderbolt (USB-C) Docks

OWC Thunderbolt 3 mini

Need more ports? OWC provides the solutions you need to get the job done. On the go and need something that slips into your pocket? The OWC Thunderbolt 3 mini Dock lets you connect up to two 4K displays, two USB-A devices, and Ethernet. Want to build a workstation for your new MacBook Pro? With a single cable, the Thunderbolt 14-port dock lets you connect displays, drives, audio, mics, and headphones – all while charging your laptop.


“OWC Thunderbolt (USB-C) solutions are 100% compatible and ready for the new Apple M1 Macs,” said Larry O’Connor, CEO and Founder of OWC. “From our flagship 14-Port Thunderbolt Dock, Flex 8, and our amazingly fast and portable Envoy Pro EX, to workhorses like the ThunderBay 4 and 8, and digital centerpiece OWC Elite Pro Dock, you can enjoy the full performance and benefit of our entire Thunderbolt lineup on these new Macs—and every Mac with Thunderbolt—via USB-C.”


Pricing & Availability

OWC’s full line of award-winning Thunderbolt (USB-C) products are available now at MacSales.com.


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  • This is not true. You can use an OWC dock with the M1 Macs, but as of now, you can’t get USB C/Thunderbolt OWC TunderBlades or ThunderBays RAIDS to connect to the Mac mini. I suspect its because there is no SoftRaid client for OS X Big Sur or the M1 Macs, because the Raid drives will not mount as RAID on a new Mac.

  • The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock is “somewhat working” with new M1 MacBook Air. I’m getting good Thunderbolt 2 drive compatibility and it’s charging as expected. Only 1/2 monitors work, although that appears to be a limitation of the M1 (DisplayLink docks from Targus apparently can work around this limitation, however, as well as using Air Play to a 2nd monitor.). Also disappointed that the 10gb networking is not working — it will only connect at 1gb.

    • Can anyone comment on this?
      I bought a TB3 mini solely because of OWCs assertions that the current lineup would be “100% compatible”, expecting to be able to connect dual HDMI extended to M1 macbook air.

      • I am not sure what the question / comment sought on this is. The number of monitors supported by a Mac is a limitation of the Mac – not Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt is an enabling technology for what the computer is out of the box capable. A current limitation of the M1 Mac hardware is the capability to drive a maximum of two displays. On the M1 laptops that is the built-in laptop display + one display up to 6K via Thunderbolt. For the M1 Mac mini, that is one HDMI display up to 4K via the built in HDMI port + one display up to 6K via Thunderbolt. This is not a limitation of Thunderbolt, this is a current limitation of Apple’s M1.

        • Sorry, TB3 mini literature clearly states dual display, mirrored or extended and lists all three M1 models as compatible.
          Further to that OWC press release says USB-C solutions are “100% compatible”, “enjoy the full performance and benefit of our entire Thunderbolt lineup on these new Macs”

          Given that these docks are meant to add/expand connectivity, it seems like it should be noted somewhere if one of the display outputs isn’t going to work.

          Other manufacturers have noted this on their products – That’s the reason I chose OWC.

  • When is SoftRaid coming out for Big Sur and these Macs? I find that my Raid Drive works under Big Sur, however SoftRaid will not work and I prefer the peace of mind with SoftRaid working. SoftRaid is what told me the internal hard drive has an increased chance of failure.

    • As you mention, there will be limitations on bandwidth, but you can use Apple’s Thunderbolt 2 <-> Thunderbolt 3 cable. And as long as the dock you use isn’t bus-powered, you should be in the clear!

    • Our Thunderbolt 2 Dock works great on the M1 Macs just as it has on Thunderbolt 3 equipped Intel Macs. No different with the M1, you can use Apple’s Thunderbolt 2 <-> Thunderbolt 3 adapter and all good. The same is true for all of our Thunderbolt 2 Thunderbays, Elite Pros, etc.

  • Looks like Thunderbolt 2 will work with the new ports. Have you tested that? Can you daisychain new and old Tbolt devices?