7 USB-C cables you might need for your new MacBook Pro

By , Nov 9, 2016

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There’s a lot to love about Apple’s new MacBook Pros. They’re sleeker, smaller, have a larger trackpad and better speakers, and feature all-new USB-C ports. Unfortunately, these new ports also mean you’re probably going to need to purchase some new cables.

Want to plug in your iPhone? You’ll need a new cable. Connect your MacBook Pro to a non-Thunderbolt display? Yep, cable. You get the idea. So with this in mind, we decided to put together a list of some of the common cables you’re probably going to need.

RAVPower USB-C Charging and Sync Cable

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Once you move to a USB-C MacBook, chances are other USB-C devices will follow. For this reason, it can’t hurt to grab an extra (or a few extra) USB-C charging and sync cables. We like these 6.6ft cables from RAVPower because they have anodized aluminum casing for better heat dispersion, durability, and general brand track record.

You can buy these RAVPower USB-C cables for $10.60.

Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Breakaway Power Cable

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Among the many things Apple got rid of in the new MacBook Pro is the MagSafe charger. Folks that really think they’re going to miss the MagSafe may want to check out the BreakSafe from Griffin. It’s essentially the same idea. You plug a USB-C dongle into your laptop, and it magnetically connects with the power cable.

You can buy the Griffin BreakSafe breakaway USB-C cable for $37.

Note: the cable is only rated 60 watts (20 volts at 3 amps), and Griffin only officially claims compatibility with the 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable

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Want to plug your old external hard drive or any other standard USB accessory into your new MacBook Pro? Chances are you’re going to need one of these USB-C to USB 3.0 cables. Transfers data at speeds of up to 5 Gbps, and also works vice versa connecting USB-C devices to standard USB 3.0 ports.

You can buy this Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 cable for $9.

Cable Matters USB-C to Micro USB Cable

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This cable is going to allow you to connect your micro USB devices to your new MacBook and vice versa. This includes things like battery packs and smartphones, and the cable supports both charging and data transfers with rates up to 480 Mbps. It also has a braided cloth jacket design for added durability and comes with a lifetime warranty and product support.

You can buy this USB-C to micro USB cable for $7.

Cable Matters USB-C to Mini USB Cable

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Cable Matters also makes a well-received USB-C to mini USB cable. Mini USB is the older, thicker version of micro USB, but is still used by a lot of devices for charging and syncing. I know my Yeti microphone has a mini USB connector, as do my old PS3 controllers. Like the above cable, this one comes with a lifetime warranty and support.

You can buy this USB-C to mini USB cable for $8.

USB-C to HDMI Cable

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This USB-C to HDMI cable connects your USB-C device, like your new MacBook, to any HDMI display. It supports streaming 4K content and also delivers audio via the HDMI 1.4 interface. The cable has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon and comes with an 18-month warranty with customer service and support.

You can buy this USB-C to HDMI cable for $20.

USB-C to Lightning Cable

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This one probably doesn’t need much explanation. If you want to plug in your iPhone to your new MacBook Pro, you’re going to need one of these cables. Can also be used to fast-charge the iPad Pro. Note that this cable is made by Apple, shipped from and sold by Amazon, and shipping is free for Prime members.

You can buy this USB-C to Lightning cable for $20.

Know of any other common cables new MacBook Pro owners will need? Tell us in the comments below!

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  • Jose Rivera

    I thought Apple also sold a USB-C to Lightning cable… I could have sworn to have seen that on the store when I was looking for a Thunderbolt cable… It’s the same $20 as Amazon except from Apple…

    • Melvco

      Yes they do. The cable we listed is made by Apple.

      • Jose Rivera

        I know but the way this article was written, they made it seem as though Amazon is the ONLY store that carries this. I figured they would’ve just directed people to Apple for that one specific cable.

  • malhal

    What about USB-C to Micro-B? E.g. for WD Passports. I’d imagine most people will need one of those given Apple don’t make any USB 3.0 dongles.

    • ILOVEAPPLE

      What will apples sell next…. bags to store all those dongles???? Hahahah

  • John Smith

    Or you could play smart and hold off buying the new Macbook for a few more years until USB-C is standard. Then once everything breaks down you can simply upgrade everything to USB-C compatible.

  • jennyzeroo

    I wish Apple would put some of the most popular ports on their MacBook Pros.

    Then we wouldn’t need dongles to convert USB-C ports into ports we can use. Save a lot of time, money and convenience.

    Maybe next time.

  • iPilya

    OMG! People… this article is not talking about dongles… how do you connect your current kit? a cable is a cable… and if you need to change your cable then so be it… but you are NOT carrying a dongle if you do. You are not carrying anything extra. Get over it!!! Are you guys serious?

    I am sure I am not representative of everyone… but these all match my needs… to connect my mobile HD, Sennheiser headphones, iPhone (why would you?), & Galaxy Note.

    Of course I do not travel with a mouse or keyboard… but after so many years of travel… you are crazy if you do (IMHO).

  • why dont people just buy a usb-c hub. wont life be easier with it on the new MBP?