Apple USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 prices cut amid MacBook Pro dongle outcry

Chris Burns - Nov 4, 2016, 2:51 pm CDT
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Apple USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 prices cut amid MacBook Pro dongle outcry

Today Apple cut prices of USB-C accessories of all sorts, citing a need for legacy connections to older devices by professionals. The MacBook Pro is meant to be a professional notebook, and as most accessories have not yet moved to USB-C, dongles are needed. Apple suggests today that they’ve seen the need for this, and are therefore cutting costs to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 peripherals throughout the Apple Store.

“We are extremely excited about the new MacBook Pro, which is the best pro notebook we’ve ever made,” said the statement from Apple. SEE TOO: 5 reasons you should care about Thunderbolt 3 “MacBook Pro uses the most advanced industry-standard connector, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, to provide maximum performance, expandability, and compatibility.” Apple’s statement comes within days of the first announcement of the MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Pro features 4x USB-C ports, able to accept power from a power plug, send video out, and transfer data, amongst other things. The problem with 4x USB-C ports is the lack of other sorts of legacy ports. It’s not a problem for everyone, but certainly for those power users that still have devices with older connectors.

“We recognize that many users, especially pros, rely on legacy connectors to get work done today and they face a transition,” said Apple. “We want to help them move to the latest technology and peripherals, as well as accelerate the growth of this new ecosystem.”

As such, Apple will be “reducing prices on all USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 peripherals [sold by the company], as well as the prices on Apple’s USB-C adapters and cables.” The date range for this discount in Apple Stores is October 27th, 2016 through December 31st, 2016. After that day, prices return to their normal place.

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USB-C to USB Adapter ($19) -$10
Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter ($49) -$20
USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter ($69) -$20
USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter ($69)-$20
USB-C to Lightning (1 m) ($25) -$6
USB-C to Lightning (2 m) ($35) -$6

Each other 3rd-party peripheral will have a slight discount depending on the device and the brand. Above you’ll see the price changes as taking place over the next few days. Some users will already see the changes made in the Apple Store online. You may want to call ahead to your local Apple Store to see if they’ve updated prices before heading in.


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