Apple Launches $49 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter in Online Store

Tuesday July 1, 2014 8:29 PM PDT by Husain Sumra
Apple today launched a new $49 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter in its online store, offering users of the new Mac Pro a way to easily secure their machines using existing Kensington locks. Previously, users had to resort to custom building their own locks or ordering more expensive third-party solutions.

Apple's lock adapter is a simple metal bracket that secures the lift-off cover of the Mac Pro to the base of the machine with a security cable, preventing access to the machine's internals. The cable lock can then of course be secured to a bulky object or dedicated security ring found on some desks to make it difficult for thieves to steal the machine.

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The Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter lets you use a compatible Kensington or similar style third-party lock (sold separately) to keep your Mac Pro secure. The adapter attaches without tools and does not modify or damage the Mac. With a compatible lock connected, the Mac Pro Lock Adapter secures the housing to the enclosure, preventing access to internal components.
Since the Mac Pro's appearance in its retail stores, even Apple has had to use alternate methods to secure the machines, opting for an Ethernet-based alarm system that simply sets off an alarm when the Mac Pro is removed rather than securing it in place.

The Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter is available now in the Apple Online Store for $49. The adapter is not yet being offered for immediate pickup in Apple's retail stores, but will presumably be making its way to the company's stores around the world in the coming days.

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16 weeks ago
My heart skipped a beat before reading the last six words of the title. :p
Rating: 21 Votes
16 weeks ago


Love :apple: but i couldn't resist.
Rating: 17 Votes
16 weeks ago
Hmmmmm, if I were a criminal ....

Rating: 16 Votes
16 weeks ago



Love :apple: but i couldn't resist.


You really should've tried harder. That is really tired.
Rating: 9 Votes
16 weeks ago
And so the best product pipeline in 25 years continues.... :rolleyes:
Rating: 7 Votes
16 weeks ago
No security cable, bracket, or whatever prevents theft. Anyone who believes that they do is deluding themselves. All they are is a deterrent. Okay lock systems will just deter the opportunistic thief; better lock systems will deter the more determined thief. But either way, with the right tools and enough time, any security mechanism will be able to be bypassed.
Rating: 5 Votes
16 weeks ago

I guess they have to offer something.

(And that's exactly the level of enthusiasm they had when designing this ugly product!)

Better option: lock it in a cabinet away from easily-tempted eyes. And turn on Find My Mac in case it walks off anyway.

(No lock or cable will stop more than a casual thief. Which is still protection worth having. But an expensive enough item could attract someone who actually exhibits toopl-using behaviors.)

You could probably wedge an old Kensington-style lock into a vent slot--and although it would totally fail to lock into place if you tried twisting it, it would at least LOOK like a lockā€”and that might be enough to deter the most casual thieves.

P.S. Amazon sells a slightly-nicer-looking (and slightly-more-expensive) 3rd-party option. And I kind of expect cheaper options to come along that use only the vent slots--which would also let you choose exactly where you want the cable lock to connect.


This is your personal opinion! The level of excitement and enthusiasm was very high for the video and music businesses ! As my music studio has 4 12 core models locked in environment climate control cases! Locked cases and ADT works for us! We don't care about looks, functionality is paramount !
Rating: 4 Votes
16 weeks ago
Come on, at the base price this computer should have included the lock receptacle in the first place :eek:
Rating: 4 Votes
16 weeks ago
They better have come up with something. I think this is the first Mac that you can roll away.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 weeks ago
I HAD HOPE GUYS. I HAD HOPE. :(

Here's what I think of the author of this article ...
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