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Retina MacBook’s new one-port design means Apple also gets to sell $177 worth of adapters

Published Mar 10th, 2015 3:10PM EDT
12-inch Retina MacBook Accessories
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The 12-inch MacBook Apple unveiled during its Spring Forward event on Monday is by far one of the most interesting laptops Apple made so far, considering all the new technologies the company developed in order to create such a complex device. However, in order to achieve its goal — making an even thinner, more portable MacBook model — Apple had to cut down on may of the ports usually found on the sides of Macs.

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However, the MacBook will still be ready for work, as the company will also sell a few new adaptors to go with the new Mac purchase.

In the box, MacBook buyers will only find a 29W USB-C Power Adapter and an USB-C Charge Cable, but Apple will sell additional accessories in its stores. Separately, these accessories cost $49 and $29, respectively.

The company has so far listed three additional adapters, including a $19 USB-C to USB Adapter (which lets you connect USB-based devices such as hard drives and memory sticks), a $79 USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter (features USB-C, HDMI and USB ports) and a $79 VGA Multiport Adapter (features USB-C, VGA and USB ports).

Even though they’re listed on Apple’s online store, the accessories aren’t yet available for purchase, as the 12-inch MacBook won’t be released until April 10th.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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