Apple announced its new MacBook Pro computers last week. Like the iPhone 7, the laptop eliminates quite a few ports that came standard on past models — MagSafe power, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI. These are replaced with just two or four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports. That makes for a sleek-looking laptop, but it also means you can’t plug your iPhone in without an adapter. Here’s what you’ll need.
Option #1: A Lightning to USB-C cable
The simplest option is to get an entirely new cable for your iPhone, which has a Lightning connector on one end and USB-C on the other. That’ll let you plug into your laptop without needing an adapter, but you may have trouble differentiating the two similarly reversible ends at first.
- Official Apple Lightning to USB-C cable – 1m
- Official Apple Lightning to USB-C cable – 2m
- Third-party USB-C to Lightning cable – 1m
Option #2: A USB-C to USB adapter
If you already have a few Lightning cables, then an adapter might be more useful. You can get a small adapter that transforms USB-C into full-size USB, letting you connect your old Lightning cables. This isn’t quite as sleek, but it’s more economical and makes a lot of sense if you have many Lightning cables.
Option #3: USB-C Hubs
You can also get hubs that turn one USB-C port into a collection of different ports and features. Some hubs just provide full-size USB and USB-C ports, while others include SD and Micro SD card readers as well.
- Belkin USB-C & USB-A 4-port hub for MacBooks
- Promate MacHub 5-in-1 – Silver
- Promate MacHub 5-in-1 – Gold
- Promate MacHub 5-in-1 – Space Grey
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