With the release of Apple’s new line of 2016 MacBook Pros the dongle life has been cemented as an unfortunate, but now necessary (at least for Mac users) obstacle.
Thanks to OWC’s new Thunderbolt 3 dock, which features a total of 13 additional ports, including 5 USB-A ports, two extra Thunderbolt 3 ports (which are basically jut USB 3 plugs), Ethernet and an SD card slot reader, the one port Apple removed from the new MacBook Pro that’s impossible to defend.
This hub is connected to the new MacBook via a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port. The Thunderbolt version 2 of this dock was only able to power five concurrent accessories.
Those opting to purchase Apple’s new Touch Bar enabled laptop, which features four USB-C ports, or the slightly cheaper version that doesn’t feature the Bar that only includes two USB ports, will likely need some sort of a docking bay like OWC’s product in order to actually use the laptop.
OWC claims this is the first Thunderbolt 3 Dock for the new MacBook Pro. The dock is priced at $279 USD (approximately $374 CAD).