USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter for New MacBook Includes HDMI and USB 3.1 Connectors

Announced in conjunction with the new line of MacBooks revealed at today's "Spring Forward" event in San Francisco, the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adaptor will allow users a dock-like experience with included HDMI, USB 3.1, and USB-C inputs located on the device.

USB-C adapter
Mainly featured will be the ability to mirror a MacBook's display onto an HDMI-connected screen. The adapter will allow users to play a wide range of video content, including movies and captured video, at up to 1080p HD.
This adapter allows you to mirror your MacBook display to your HDMI-enabled TV or display in up to 1080p HD. It also outputs video content like movies and captured video. Simply connect the adapter to the USB-C port on your MacBook and then to your TV or projector via an HDMI cable (sold separately).
Apple also noted that the other two inputs on the device, USB 3.1 and USB-C, will be able to be used simultaneously. Ultimately aimed at providing a bit more accessibility to the lone USB-C port located on the new MacBook line, the Multiport Adapter will allow users to mirror their display, charge an iPhone, and make sure their MacBook doesn't run out of power at the same time.

A similar device, the USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter, will allow all the same features, but let users connect their MacBook to a VGA-enabled display, with all of the expected USB 3.1 and USB-C features as in the HDMI model.

Though currently unavailable, those interested will be able to pick up the Multiport Adapter from Apple's online store for $79.00.

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Tag: March 2015 event
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19 months ago
First, they came for our USB ports, and we did not speak out, for we had Bluetooth mice.

Then, they came for our Displayport connectors, and we did not speak out, for we rarely used external monitors anyway.

Then, they came for our Magsafe, and we did not speak out, for none of our friends or family would ever be so clumsy as to trip over our 2m power cable.

Then, they charged us $79 for a dongle which added these things back -- but there was nothing left to connect.
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19 months ago
So, in other words, the actual price of the MacBook is $79 more.
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19 months ago
Should have shipped this with the new Macbook.
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19 months ago
$79.... even by apple standards... wow.
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19 months ago
The only move of Apple's today to be ballsier than a $17000 smartwatch.
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19 months ago
Apple is on a roll today!

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19 months ago
Uhm...
So, wait a minute... You want me to pay for this too?
Excuse me?
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19 months ago
lol at $79 ... its almost as if Apple knows it can get away with anything. ;)
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19 months ago
I like this new port, but hate the idea of not having a magsafe connected charger. The power cord gets torn off my laptop all the time.
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19 months ago
Like almost everyone else (in reality) I rarely hang a bunch of pasta off my ultraportable. With all-day battery life, I would literally have zero cords much of the time.

But when I DO need pasta... this one adapter would meet all my needs! And I'd need an adapter anyway for DisplayPort alone, so this is zero added cable clutter. Nice. Most people won't need it, but I think I will.

People who DO need tons of cables hanging off their portable... have many other fine Macs to choose from.

It's almost as though Apple offers options for different needs/wants...

You have to buy a USB hub on top of this. So you're looking at spending at least an additional $100 to make your new MacBook useful.


You need two or more corded USB devices hooked up to make a laptop "useful"? Two or more? Or it's useless? That statement sounds a little broad in this day and age... I'd recommend a different MacBook for you, though.

I don't think I've connected two USB devices to my Air at the same time in about 2 years. Maybe I just have too much wireless...
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