Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook eschews all ports and traditional charging methods for a single USB Type-C port, which is used for charging and to connect peripherals to the machine. With just a single port to work with, hub solutions are a must for anyone who wants to attach more than one accessory at once and use older accessories that aren't compatible with USB Type-C.

Popular Apple accessory maker Satechi is today announcing a new Type-C Hub Adapter, which expands the capabilities of the USB port on the MacBook. The small hub, which plugs into the side of the MacBook, includes three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a Micro SD card slot, and an SD card slot.

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The Type-C Hub Adapter is available in gunmetal, silver, and gold, three colors that are designed to match each shade of the Retina Macbook. When plugged in, the thin adapter sits flush with the MacBook, and a green light comes on when it's in use.

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It should be noted that the USB-C hub does not include a second USB Type-C port for passthrough charging, so while the hub is in place, the MacBook won't be able to charge through its USB-C connector.

Satechi's Type-C Hub Adapter is available from the Satechi website and from Amazon.com for $34.99.

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Top Rated Comments

H2SO4 Avatar
113 months ago
Yeah looks like a massive design flaw.
As much as the actual laptop only having a single port you mean?
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fuchal Avatar
113 months ago
Pretty good, but without usb-c charging it's only useful for occasional use. :(
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Markoth Avatar
113 months ago
Wow. Where did you come from?

Does it not advertise it plugging into an Apple Macbook?

Look at the Belkin TB dock or one of the others - they are $250+
When you say "An Apple accessory", in most forms of English I know of, that generally means an accessory from Apple. On the other hand, if you had said "A MacBook accessory", we would have interpreted that as an accessory for the MacBook. You can't have an accessory "for Apple", since Apple isn't something you can plug accessories into, so one naturally interprets that as an accessory "from Apple".
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rv.public Avatar
113 months ago
I would have bought it if it had USB-C pass through
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jrlcopy Avatar
113 months ago
I would have bought it if it had USB-C pass through
Yeah looks like a massive design flaw.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OldSchoolMacGuy Avatar
113 months ago
As much as the actual laptop only having a single port you mean?
The vast majority of users never have anything more than the power cord attached to their computer. And on the incredibly rare chance they do need to connect something else, the 12 hours of battery life the MacBook offers is more than enough time to attach that other device to get their work done.

Do you honestly believe Apple didn't do their homework here and just randomly makes these changes simply because they feel like it?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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