A lot of Apple users are frustrated with the lack of ports on the new MacBook Pro models forcing them to buy extra dongles and accessories. This is why Apple has decided to cut the prices for its adapters for a limited time.
When Apple introduced its new line of MacBook Pros, it garnered some praises for the addition of the new OLED Touch Bar. The new models are also thinner than ever before, making them more appealing to a lot of people who need a notebook that’s easy to carry around. However, Apple also decided to replace all of its I/O ports with USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support.
This means that users won’t be able to use their old accessories with USB Type-A when they buy the new MacBooks. There’s also no built-in SD card reader on the new MacBook Pros, which is most frustrating for photographers. Buyers of the new MacBook Pro models, which already start at $1,499, would have to get dongles and adapters with prices ranging from $19 to $50.
Luckily, Apple has been listening to its customers and has now decided to lower the pricing of its USB-C adapters on its online and retail stores to ease the transition for its users. “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,” Apple said in an email sent to buyers of the new MacBook Pros (via 9To5Mac).
A USB-C to USB Adapter now sells for $9 instead of $19, the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter now sells for $29 instead of $49 and the USB-C to Lightning now starts at $19 instead of $25. SanDisk’s Extreme Pro SD card reader also drops from $49 to $29, according to ArsTechnica.
Although Apple did cut down prices for most of its accessories, the new MacBook Pros charging peripherals are exemptions. All of Apple’s USB-C adapters for charging still carry the same price tag as before with the USB-C Power Adapter — starting at $49.
The only real downside with the price cut is that it won’t last long. Apple says that the discounts will only last until the end of the year. This means that the regular pricing will be back after Dec. 31, 2016.