USB-C Compatibility?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by rhyzome, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. rhyzome macrumors regular

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    This is probably obvious to some people, but will the cables of new USB-C devices (like a USB-C iphone) be compatible with old USB-2 or 3 ports/hubs?
    (Or, if I got an iphone that had a cable with USB-C, would it plug into my 2014 15" rMBP without having to use an adapter?)

    Second, will old devices with USB-2 or 3 be able to plug into/work with USB-C hubs/ports?
    (Or, if I have a USB-2 or 3 thumb drive, will I be able to plug it into my mac without an adapter when I eventually get a new USB-C mac?)
     
  2. cfedu macrumors 65816

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    All USB devices are backwards compatible as long as you have the proper cable or adapter.
     
  3. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Will this even mean the SuperDrive?
     
  4. cfedu macrumors 65816

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    If it is USB it will work. Apple did prevent their USB superdrive to work on certain Mac's, but that was intentional incompatibility.
     

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