Plug the USB-C end of the adapter into a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port on your Mac, and then connect your flash drive, camera, or other standard USB device. You can also connect a Lightning to USB cable to sync and charge your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
Compatible with the following computers:
12-inch MacBook, 13-inch MacBook Pro – Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 15-inch MacBook Pro – Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 21.5-inch iMac – Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 27-inch iMac – Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C); iMac Pro
USB Type-C, usually referred to as just USB-C, is a relatively new type of connector for delivering data
and power to and from computing devices. Because the USB-C plug is symmetrical, it can be inserted either way,
eliminating the frustrations of earlier USB ports and putting it on a par with Apple’s reversible Lightning plug.
This alone makes it a hit for me, but USB-C is also closely linked to several powerful new technologies,
including USB 3.1, Thunderbolt 3, and USB Power Delivery.
The good news is that USB-C ports can be used with most older USB 2, 3.0 and 3.1 accessories.
The bad news is that you’ll need the right adapters and cables.
I’ve made my own USB-C survival kit that has six key cables and adapters inside an old zippered case. Here’s what it contains:
- Two small male USB-C to female USB 3.0/3.1 adapters for connecting to older devices, such as flash drives.
- A USB-C male-to-male cable for using accessories.
- A USB-C Ethernet adapter for when I can get a wired connection.
- An HDMI converter for projector-based presentations.