Apple Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure - Data Tranfer Device
This is officially Apple's first and only Thunderbolt 3 enclosure. It's the size of an AppleTV and its sole purpose is data transfer for 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro TouchBar. There's a data access port on the logic board of these Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pros. This tool does not work with any other Macs. Here are some unboxing photos.
It comes with a small 36W power brick. The cable ends shows SS10 for USB-C10 but the cable itself is actually a Belkin 1m Thunderbolt 3 20Gbps.
Here's the Apple Thunderbolt 3 enclosure with an attached flex cable. The bottom label describes what it is. There's a Alpine Ridge TB3 controller inside.
Closeup of the Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port and flex cable connector. Next was to locate the data access header on the logicboard. There's a metal cover held in place with two Torx T3 screws.
The Data Transfer Device provide sufficient power through this header to access the onboard flash storage modules. Due to Apple T2 chip in the 2018 MacBook Pro, it's not possible to use this tool.
The takeaway is to make absolutely sure you have at least two backups of your crucial data. I got this kit for data recovery on clients' MBP with liquid spill damage.
is looks like an USB3.1 Gen 2 cable and not Thunderbolt 3, so this is a USB3.1 device, isn't it?
EDIT: Strange, that it's wrongly labeled.
Yes it was confusing the cable seemed to be USB-C because this data transfer kit would only work through a Thunderbolt 3 connection. I checked within macOS and the Belkin cable in this kit showed 20Gbps. Here's a screen cap in Thunderbolt tree with a standard .5m TB3 cable.
Unfortunately apple removed the data transfer port on the latest boards.
Be sure your board number support the data transfer feature, since it is not possible to recover data on the latest boards version even with apple means.
Another clear example of apple closing the doors, even the most important one: customer data.
If you are using apple devices, for the sake of the god of the universe, backup your data elsewhere please!!!!