All the adapters you need to buy for the MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 – Macworld

“If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects to the MacBook Pro via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to carry around multiple adapters.

If you don’t want a dock, or you can’t find a dock with the mix of connections you need, Apple or another company probably has an adapter for you. We’ve come up with this guide to help you sort out what you need…”

Roman Loyola at Macworld has a great overview of all the various connectors and adapters you may need for the new MacBook Pro (and also the existing 12″ MacBook). It’s a shame this has become so complicated. The promise is that USB-C will take over for most of these connectors, but weren’t we told the same thing about USB-A, then Thunderbolt?

Source: All the adapters you need to buy for the MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3

4 thoughts on “All the adapters you need to buy for the MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 – Macworld


    Another dock. Promising but who’s going to buy the new MBP? Who is it aimed at? Maybe very well off people with no need to adapt the laptop to audio, video, and other non typical office-type uses?
    It’s now more expensive, slightly thinner, slightly lighter, but with much less real world connectivity.

  2. This update is a real pain for people involved in Photography/video. Along with all the new connections there is now no SD card slot !!! And what am I to do with my new lightening connector headphones

  3. Is any Mac laptop buyer saying, “Please, I want fewer connection ports”? Or perhaps there are hoards of customers saying, “Reduce my options!”? Or is it just the usual, “My Mac is too inexpensive. I want to be obliged to spend more money on bulky, unreliable, and easy-to-lose adapters.” “With the MagSafe connector, it’s been years since my computer has crashed to the floor when someone trips on the power cord. I miss the good old days. Please give me back a connector that puts my computer at risk again.”

    If Apple hasn’t been getting all these requests, then they are making these changes against the needs of their customers, rather than in support of them. I’ve long suspected that major design features are decided by engineers who mostly look at computers, without ever using them, beyond writing emails about how great minimalist design is.

  4. Simply put remark from Jack at The Guardian about alternatives to the MB”P”……

    Things are different for Apple. As the only supplier of MacBooks it can do what it likes. This includes doing things its users don’t like, such as soldering SSD and memory chips to motherboards and dropping MagSafe, SD slots and standard USB 3 ports from its latest MacBook Pros. This would be suicidal in the Windows market, where buyers can switch suppliers in seconds.

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