USB C on an iMac? How?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Chippy99, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
    I can't be the only person who wants this, surely? But I can't seem to find anything.

    I have a 2012 iMac and some peripherals with USB 3.1 type C connectors. I want to buy a hub/dock that will connect to my iMac (any way) and which has at least one USB 3.1 type-C port on it.

    I can find lots of docks that have USB C at the host end. But that's the wrong way around, I want USB C at the client end, and either USB 3 (type B) or Thunderbolt to connect to the iMac.

    Has anyone found or can recommend a suitable device?
  2. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    You might want to give a look to see if they have what you want. However, even with the proper hub connected your iMac can still only provide USB 3.0 speeds.
  3. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    If the cables of those peripherals aren't integrated, probably easier just to switch those out.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I second

    They have all sorts of "cabling solutions"...
  5. craig1024 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2016
    Thunderbolt should be able to provide full 3.1 speed, if you can find a thunderbolt dock with usb type c.
  6. carestudio macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    Why not get a Thunderbolt Dock and a type-c to type-A cable? that will be easier.
    check with CalDigit or OWC. Both have pretty decent Thunderbolt docks.
    if you want a USB-C dock with an extra Type-C port for the client (or your type-c device), check with caldigit's new usb-c dock that has usb ports and usb-c ports, diplayport , hdmi etc.
    it works with your iMac 2012 I believe according to the FAQ
    you will have more USB-A ports, Ethernet and USB-C port if connecting it to your iMac.
    see the Platform #2 (Type-A computer)

    also the quick review of this dock

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