Written by Dewy

Advice on MacBook converters by Apple

Apple is always one step ahead of the competition. The company was the first to design a MacBook without a DVD drive. You might wonder if this was to make the MacBook as thin as possible? It wasn't just that. Apple also believes in the simplicity of connectors. The newest MacBook has only 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 3.5mm jack headphone port. Thunderbolt is the most powerful and versatile port ever designed. Excluding other types of ports prevents messing around with different types of cables. But for now, it also means a lot of old peripherals won't work without an extra adapter. Fortunately, there are various cable converters that allow you to use your devices as you're used to. I'll tell you everything about the possibilities of Apple MacBook.

What kind of converter fits my MacBook?

A cable converter allows you to convert your connector into the connector you need to connect your devices. Some converters have multiple outputs. A cable converter helps you to connect and use multiple devices at once. Do you want to know which connectors your type of MacBook has? Have a look at the table below.

The ports of my MacBook

USB-C USB-A Thunderbolt 2 Mini Jack connector SD card reader
MacBook Pro 4xUSB-C 1x mini jack
MacBook 12" 1x USB-C 1x mini jack
MacBook Air 3x ub a 1x Thunderbolt 2 1x mini jack 1x SD card reader

Screens and peripherals

Connecting screens and monitors

Connecting screen

Do you want to create extra screen space by connecting an external monitor? Of do you want to watch movies on your television via your MacBook? First check what kind of connectors your MacBook has. Also do this for your external monitor. Are the ports on your MacBook and your peripherals the same? Good, since you can connect them directly via a cable. If the ports are different, you'll need a cable converter. Check if you need an HDMI or VGA converter. Keep in mind that cables are often not included with converters. For example, you'll need to purchase a HDMI cable yourself.

Connecting peripherals

Connecting peripherals

You've purchased a new MacBook, but you still have older peripherals. You'd like to connect those, but the connectors don't match the ones on your MacBook. In this case, you'll need a cable converter to be able to use your peripherals such as your keyboard and mouse. Check the type of connectors on your MacBook (probably UBS-C) and on your peripherals (probably USB-A). In this case, you'll need a USB-C to USB-A converter.

Ethernet & FireWire

MacBook network cable

Connecting internet cable

Do you want to connect your MacBook to a fast Gigabit Ethernet network? Then you're going to need an Ethernet adapter. The type of converter you'll need, depends on your type of MacBook. There are several options. Do you have a MacBook Air? In this case, you need a USB to Ethernet adapter. For an Apple MacBook with Thunderbolt connector, such as MacBook Pro, you'll need the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter. You can use this adapter to easily connect your MacBook to a wired network and enjoy a fast Internet connection.

Connecting FireWire hard drive

Connecting hard drive

Most hard drives work with USB, but there are also hard drives that work with FireWire. You don't simply connect a FireWire hard drive to your MacBook. You'll need a cable converter in order to use the hard drive. The Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter allows you to connect the hard drive to your MacBook with a Thunderbolt connection. You'll need to purchase a FireWire cable yourself.


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