Apple on Tuesday told me that they were extending the USB-C accessory price cuts, implemented last month, through the end of March 2017.
First announced in November, the USB-C adapters are necessary for many pro users to use legacy gear. I have purchased a number of the adapters so I could use my pro music gear with the new MacBook Pro, and they worked perfectly.
For consumers, the thought of purchasing adapters to use legacy gear may be a hard pill to swallow, but for pros who make their living with these machines, spending a few extra dollars doesn’t matter much in the long run. Would we rather not? Sure. But the fact is, the new MacBook Pro is a much better machine, so it’s worth it.
Much of the gear pros use will be updated in the next year or so to use USB-C natively, so we can decide to upgrade or continue to use the legacy gear with the adapters. Many pros continue to use what works, and that includes software and hardware.
Adapters included in the price reduction include:
- USB-C to USB Adapter (from $19 to $9);
- Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter (from $49 to $29);
- USB-C to Lightning Cable (1m) (from $25 to $19);
- USB-C to Lightning Cable (2m) (from $35 to $29);
- USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter (from $69 to $49);
- USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter (from $69 to $49).
It’s a good move on Apple’s part to extend the sale of the USB-C adapters. Helping users make the transition to USB-C will pay off for them in the long run.