Who actually owns a usb c device?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by laudern, Nov 4, 2016.


Who actually owns a usb c device?

  1. I do

  2. I don't

  3. I don't and I've never even seen a usb c device besides pictures on the internet

  1. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    So this being the macbook pro forum I figured I'd get a few responses here since, according to apple, from now on all pro users should only be using usb c devices.

    Me personally, I've never even seen a usb c device used by anyone in my day to day travels.
  2. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    I have never seen a USB-C flash drive, printer, camera docking cable, or anything of the sort. I have never even seen the option at any common stores like Best Buy or Fry's or whatever, nor featured on tech deal sites.

    I am fine with buying new stuff over time if there's real benefit to it (assuming this stuff exists), but I don't see myself never using the old stuff again. I feel like its one of those things where you think you got all your stuff converted and then you come across an old drive or odd peripheral that uses old USB and you have to bust out the dongle.

    EDIT: Though granted these days, most printers, scanners, and even the good cameras tend to be wireless.
  3. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    I have a 2016 rMB. I own 4 different USB-C combo USB sticks. USB-C to Ethernet, USB-C to HDMI, USB-A, power adapter (the Apple one)

    Also, I am considering getting a new Touch Bar Pro and passing my rMB on to the wife.
  4. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    I think the OP was referring to actual devices that use USB-C, not just plugs that let you plug other stuff in via USB-C.

    It does seem kind of silly to have a port whose sole purpose is plugging in dongles so you can make the stuff you own work. Feels like it would have been wiser to cut out the middleman and just stick stuff in directly (I think that might be the OP's point).
  5. zhaoxin macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2015
  6. laudern thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    Yes that is exactly what I was referring to. Who has a usb c device (not an adapter).

    Unfortunately, many many people will have usb c adapters from now on.
  7. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    I have a couple of G-Drive External HDs which are USB-C. What is nice is that they also thoughtfully include a USB-C -to- USB-A cable in the box as well. This works just great with my rMB and also with my older rMBP.
  8. WolfSnap macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2012
  9. Capt T macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2010
    I have a couple of flash drives that have USB-C and well as external HDDs.
  10. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    It's nice they did that on what I assume to be a ~$100 device. It'd be nice if Apple threw one in with a $3000 computer that oddly has only ports that are very rare still.
  11. AdonisSMU macrumors 604

    Oct 23, 2010
  12. jjlannoo Suspended

    Oct 8, 2011
    so you can afford a $3000 computer but not a $19 now $9 convertor? Sure it would be nice but sure doesn't sound like Apple. I was surprised they included the headphone one with the 7
  13. fatalogic macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2016
    The funniest thing is newer android phones are usb -c and can connect to the mac book out of the box but the iphone can't.
  14. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    iPhone 7 should have been USB-C. Then when MacBook Pro came out, people would understand and everything would fall into place. Their release timeline was completely screwed up.

    They could have also introduced third party USB-C compliant products on the same stage … like printers, cameras, and MIDI devices.
  15. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    The funny part is that one can also — with he same success — ask "who owns a USB-A printer or external drive?" And when people start answering "well I do obviously", you can just tell them "oh no, your printer/disk/etc. uses micro-USB/USB-B etc. and then you connect it via a dongle". And you'd be perfectly right. And also perfectly missing the point.

    The fact is, any current USB device that already uses a USB-A to USB-(whatever is on the device itself), is also a USB-C device to the same extent as it is a USB-A or whatever device. That is kind of the idea of USB, using an appropriate cable to switch between different connector types.
  16. Pentium macrumors 6502


    Sep 2, 2015
    Los Angeles
    The only device that I have with USB-C is a device I will never connect it to my MacBook :p

    It's the Google Pixel XL :D
  17. tubeexperience, Nov 5, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2016

    tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016

    I wouldn't buy a device that is not compatible with anything I have.
  18. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    My Apple TV has USB C.
    Never seen a USB-C cable in my life.
  19. Rkuda macrumors regular


    May 23, 2016
    It's a silly question for anyone who didn't already have a rMB. Since it would be meaningless to have a USB-C device you couldn't plug into your system. Are there even any USB-C female to USB-A male adaptors??

    Currently ALL my peripherals are wireless already. When my new MBP actually ships then I'll get a USB-C to lightning, and maybe an external USB-C backup drive/thumb drive.

    Might as well wait until the computer ships in case some company puts out a new device in anticipation of new buyers.
  20. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
  21. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I have a Samsung T3 portable SSD, and may get a Google Pixel or LG V20 phone. All USB-c connected.
  22. carestudio macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    I too have Sanmsung T3, SanDisk USB-C flash drive, CalDigit USB-C dock then bunch of USB-A drives behind CalDigit USB-C dock :) :)
  23. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    It's the principle more than anything.

    Spending $3000 on a laptop that doesn't natively connect to just about anything is a bit silly. It goes entirely against the design philosophy of "it just works."

    It would have had no negative consequence had they included a single USB-A 3.0 port and/or an SD card reader. There are thinner laptops that have them.
  24. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    I can't believe I forgot to mention that I also have a couple of Samsung T3's!! They have the USB-C port on the devices themselves but in the box Samsung only provides a USB-C- to - USB-A cable rather than also doing as G-Drive does and also including a USB-C to USB-C cable as well. Actually, to be perfectly honest, one reason that I bought the G-Drive HD was in order to get the nice short little USB-C to USB-C cable, which I can and do use with my T3's. I know that this cable is going to work properly, unlike taking chances on buying some random one from Amazon or wherever.

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