It’s expected that USB Type-C ports will be the future of any connected accessory. Today is not the future. And Apple has been unforgiving in helping its customers make the transition over by not including adapters and USB-C accessories with its new MacBook Pro, a computer with four Thunderbolt 3.0 slots.
After much gnashing of the teeth, the company has relented and is offering discounts on dongles sold through its physical and online stores until December 31. Here are a list of them:
- USB-C to full USB: $9 ($10 off)
- Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2: $29 ($20 off)
- USB-C to Lightning, 1 meter cable: $19 ($6 off)
- USB-C to Lightning, 2 meter cable: $29 ($6 off)
- USB-C to HDMI and USB: $49 ($20 off)
- USB-C to VDA and USB: $49 ($20 off)
Third-party USB-C accessories are also on sale by up to 25 percent, except for the SanDisk SD carder — it’s now $29 from its original price of $49.
Here is Apple’s statement on why it’s offering this sale as found through The Verge:
“We recognize that many users, especially pros, rely on legacy connectors to get work done today and they face a transition. We want to help them move to the latest technology and peripherals, as well as accelerate the growth of this new ecosystem. Through the end of the year, we are reducing prices on all USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 peripherals we sell, as well as the prices on Apple’s USB-C adapters and cables.”
Infinite Loop’s transition prerogative isn’t completely consistent with industrial realities reflected in cameras that use SuperDrive-compatible cards as well as its own iPhones and iPads that use the Lightning connector, lest Apple refer to it as a “legacy connector”. The company and its customers either are effectively waiting on the slow wheels of change or maybe it just wants a few cheap bucks from adapter sales.
As for its progressive stance on USB-C, we consider this move a good one overall, no matter how token it may appear — quick stab discounts are fairly uncouth coming from Apple.