Charge new MacBook and use USB at the same time?

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  1. Jades macrumors 6502

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    The first thought that came to my mind when I saw that single USB-C port was, will it be possible to make a device that can split the USB-C port into 3 ports - one USB-C port so that we can charge the laptop at the same time, and two USB 3 ports so that we can use for other purposes, such as an external drive, Ethernet, etc.

    I am surprised it wasn't discussed yet. Everyone is complaining about not being able to charge the Mac and use another device at the same time. I hope my idea is something that will be possible.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Nocturnal22 macrumors 6502

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    Apple makes a dongle for exactly what you're describing thats why its not an issue.
     
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  4. Jades thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My bad!!! This whole time I overlooked the fact that it had a charging port!!
     
  5. newellj macrumors 601

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    The idea is that this is supposed to be a universal port. The question is whether you can really charge the rMB at the same time you're connected to an external monitor at the same time you have your media library on an external HD connected at the same time you're backing up the internal SSD and the external HD to another external HD for your TM backups. :confused:
     
  6. pasadena macrumors 6502a

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  7. fisherking macrumors 601

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    apple already has a usb-to-usb adapter. and there are 3rd party peripherals and adapters coming...
     
  8. ctyrider macrumors 6502a

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    Apple's "USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter" is designed to support simultaneous charging via USB-C port, while connecting to HDMI display & using second standard USB3 port.

    What I am wondering is - if these functions can be "flipped".. I.e. can the MacBook be charged via standard USB port, while connecting to a high-res display via USB-C to DisplayPort cable, like this one:

    https://store.google.com/product/usb_type_c_to_displayport_cable

    I suspect this is not supported, and we have to wait for a multi-purpose USB-C dock (either by Apple or third parties).
     
  9. pasadena macrumors 6502a

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    Re-read my post. I'm not talking about single usb-c to usb.
     
  10. fisherking macrumors 601

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    plug a hub into the usb to usb-c port...
     

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