Apple unveiled its latest MacBook Pro lineup in late October. The bad news is that Apple drops Ethernet and HDMI ports from the new models, which definitely upsets a number of users, and can be seen as a connectivity nightmare. In fact, the base 13-inch model only offers two USB Type C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, but you can only use one to charge it. If you opt for the pricier models, you get twice as many ports. But, regardless, most new MacBook Pro users still need to buy adapter and docks to support current accessories as Apple. And thankfully, OWC, a US-based computer hardware company, just introduced a 13-port hub, called Thunderbolt 3 Dock that allows you to use all of your peripherals and accessories with the new MacBook.
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On the rear panel, the Thunderbolt 3 Dock features four USB 3.1 Type-A ports (including the standard connector), S/PDIF optical audio, FireWire 800, a Gigabit Ethernet port, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a mini DisplayPort. On the front, you get an SD card reader, an analog audio In/Out connector and another USB 3.1 port (also including the standard connector).
Plus, the dock does include two UHD/4K monitor support, or a combination of 4K, HD, and others displays using the Thunderbolt 3 port and the mini Display Port. Not stopping there, the Thunderbolt 3 Dock has the potential ability to transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb/s. According to OWC, the possibilities are endless.
Customers can pre-order the Thunderbolt 3 Dock for $279, down from its normal price of $299.95, and will also get a free 0.5m Thunderbolt 3/USB-C cable. The dock is not available right away, as it is expected to ship out in February of 2017.
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