Apple decision to go all USB-C Thunderbolt 3 on the MacBook Pro is proving to be a huge pain for everyone. Now after wide-spread complaints, the Cupertino company is dropping the price on nearly all its adapters.
Effectively immediately and through the end of the year, Apple has cut the price of its USB-C adapters by 15% to 50%. The new pricing breakdown is as follows:
- USB-C to traditional USB adapter (opens in new tab) from $19 to $9
- Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter (opens in new tab) from $49 to $29
- USB-C to Lightning cable (1 meter) (opens in new tab) from $25 to $19
- USB-C to Lightning cable (2 meters) (opens in new tab) from $35 to $29
- Multi-port adapter with HDMI, USB, and USB-C (opens in new tab) from $69 to $49
- Multi-port adapter with VGA, USB, and USB-C (opens in new tab) from $69 to $49
Beyond its from its self-made adapter accessories, Apple is also instituting discounts on all third-party peripherals including a $29 SanDisk USB-C card reader that originally retailed for $49.
Even with these discounts, Apple’s accessories are still more expensive compared to those from Monoprice and Amazon Basics – and don't forget about our best USB-C accessories guide.
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Discounting accessories is an unprecedented move from Apple and something it has never done before. However, it seems the company is beginning to recognize it has with no way of connecting their existing devices to the MacBook Pro – though Apple a more visionary perspective in its own statement:
"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.”