Using USB on new MBP

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by gadgetgirl85, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2006
    Hi I'm just wondering whether the USB C-USB adapter from Apple is the cheapest/only way to connect USB devices to your MBP? Also will this adapter work with my iPhone?
  2. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    No, the Apple adapter works reliably but is priced high. Many third-party alternatives in the $5 range work just fine.

    You have two main types: an actual hard adapter or a flex-cable dongle. For heavier flash drives, I highly recommend the flex cable to avoid putting excessive strain on the USB port (I would also recommend shying away from any hubs that are physically attached to the side of the MBP.) Both the hard adapter and flex cable would work fine to connect your iPhone to the MBP.

    Alternatively, you can also purchase new cables that go directly from USB-C to the connector you need (such as USB-C-->Micro B, USB-C-->Lightning, USB-C-->USB-B, etc.)
  3. gadgetgirl85 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2006
  4. cmwade77 macrumors 65816

    Nov 18, 2008
    I just replaced all of my USB cables with USB-C to the appropriate type of connection (micro-USB, etc) cables, no dongles, same number of cables, same amount of space needed and the cost wasn't much more than the dongle.

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