The MacBook Pro demands new accessories when you upgrade. Apple switched to only including USB C ports on the notebook, so you will need new cables, adapters, dongles and docks to use your new MacBook Pro with Touchbar or Without. Here are the best MacBook Pro accessories for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 MacBook Pro models. These are my must have accessories.
We’ll walk through the best MacBook Pro accessories that you can buy from Apple and from other retailers, where you can find better deals. We also help you find the best new MacBook Pro cases.
With two to four new USB Type C ports, you will need MacBook Pro accessories to connect your phone, SD card, monitors and more. There’s simply no way around buying some new cables and adapters.
USB C cables also deliver power, allowing you to charge your MacBook Pro using any of the ports. You can’t just use any cable, though, since not all will be able to handle the power draw needed.
You can save when you buy from reputable third parties, but keep in mind that not all USB C cables and accessories are equal. There are bad USB C cables that could damage your devices. Not all USB C cables will deliver the same speed, since not all support ThunderBolt 3.
USB C to Lightning Cable
When it comes to connecting your iPhone to your MacBook Pro, the best option is to buy a USB C to Lightning cable instead of using an adapter that is more likely to get lost or left at home. Sure, an adapter would double as a USB adapter for other devices, but we're looking to remove adapters as possible.
I own two 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 Pro charger I can fast charge my iPhone X. This also works for the iPhone 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 2016 MacBook Pro.