When Apple unveiled their new line of MacBook Pros, many professionals were outraged with the lack of any traditional ports in exchange for four USB Type C, Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Since there are several third-party adapters on the market offering a plethora of port extensions, I didn't see it as a major issue although some saw the steep pricing of Apple's USB-C adapters and become upset with their high cost.
After enough backlash online, Apple has discounted the pricing of all USB-C adapters and will refund the difference in the price cut for anyone who already purchased these adapters for their upcoming Macbook Pro.
Here are the current changes to adapter prices in USD:
USB-C to USB Adapter – Was $19, now $9
Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter – Was $49, now $29
USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter – Was $69, now $49
USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter – Was $69, now $49
USB-C to Lightning Cable (1m) – Was $25, now $19
USB-C to Lightning Cable (2m) – Was $35, now $29
In addition, Apple has temporarily discounted the LG UltraFine 4K and 5K displays by 25% through the end of the year:
For the professional crowd, that is seeking a high-end dock for the new MacBook Pro line, OWC has just announced their new Thunderbolt 3 Dock with 13 Ports.
The 13 ports included are:
- (2) Thunderbolt 3
- Two USB-C ports
- Daisy chain and power up to 5 Thunderbolt 3 devices
- (5) USB 3.1 Gen 1
- Including two high-power USB Type-A ports for fast mobile device charging
- FireWire 800
- Gigabit Ethernet
- mini DisplayPort
- SD Card reader
- Easily transfer photos and video from an SD card
- Audio combo port
- For headphones or microphones
- S/PDIF digital audio
With a regular price-point of $299, OWC is offering a $20 discount and free .5 Meter Thunderbolt 3 40Gb/s USB-C cable (valued at $24.95) bringing the pre-order price to $279.99. This dock offers compatibility with the most common connections needed for professional use as well as the speed to match by harnessing true power of Thunderbolt 3 technology.