The 2018 Macbook Air with USB C requires a host of new accessories. Unless you are upgrading from the Macbook Pro, you will need to buy a range of new items to do the things you do everyday on your Mac. The new Macbook Air with Retina Display includes two USB C ports and a headphone jack, so you’ll need to invest in USB C accessories, potentially a spare charger, and much more if you want to use your MacBook Air at a desk for longer sessions.
Apple sells a collection of items, but you’re better off looking at Best Buy, Amazon and direct to specialty retailers for many of these accessories. You get a wider selection, better options and many times better prices. To round out your device, check out the best 2018 MacBook Air cases, covers and skins.
You will need to buy at least a few items on this list to connect a SD card, monitor, your iPhone and other accessories to your MacBook Air. While you may need some dongles, you can buy many USB C accessories now so you only need one cable to plug-in instead of plugging multiple things together.
Here are the best 2018 MacBook Air accessories you can buy;
- USB C to Lighting Cable – $19 at B&H Photo
- USB C SD Card Adapter – $9.99 at Best Buy
- USB C MacBook Air HDMI Adapter – $19.99 and up at Amazon
- 2018 MacBook Air Dock – $79.99 at Amazon
- USB C to USB Adapter – $7.99 at Amazon
- Spare Charger and USB C Cable – $25.99 at Amazon
- Magic TrackPad 2 – $124.99 at Amazon
- Magic Keyboard – $87.99 at Amazon
- MacBook Air Stand – $49.99 at Twelvesouth
- Portable USB C Hub – $35.99 at Amazon
You won’t need everything on this list, but it’s a good shopping list to get started with. If you want to use your MacBook Air as a more typical desktop, you will also want to invest in a monitor to go along with the stand, trackpad and keyboard. Keep reading for more information about each of these items.
USB C to Lighting Cable
The iPhone cable you use to plug your phone into your Mac no longer works. While you could buy an adapter, it makes sense to buy a USB C to Lightning cable instead. This is one less thing to lose, and it lets you fast charge using your MacBook Air charger with your iPhone.
I own several of these cables and I love them. Not only can I connect my iPhone directly to the Mac, but if I plug this cable into my MacBook Air charger I can fast charge my iPhone XS Max. This also works for the iPhone X, XS, XR, 8 and 8 Plus. When fast charging the iPhone charges up to 50% in 30 minutes.
Apple sells two official USB C to Lightning cables.
You can use this to charge your iPhone or iPad, sync to iTunes and even to use with Duet to use your iPad as a second display for your MacBook Air.
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