With the announcement of the new 12-inch MacBook and the introduction of USB-C, many Apple fans are wondering about the versatility and cost of using the new computer’s single USB-C port. Apple has listed a few adapters, but prices remain in flux. Today, Belkin added some clarity to the forthcoming USB-C market with the announcement of several USB-C cables and adapters.
All told, Belkin will be producing 9 USB-C cables and adapters for the new MacBook, ranging in price from $20 to $30:
- USB 3.1 USB-C to USB-C ($30)
- USB 3.1 USB-C to Micro-B ($30)
- USB 2.0 USB-C to Micro USB ($20)
- USB 2.0 USB-C to Mini USB ($20)
- USB 3.0 USB-C to USB-A Female Adapter ($30)
- USB 3.1 USB- C to USB-A Male ($30)
- USB 2.0 USB-C to USB-A Male ($20)
- USB 2.0 USB-C to USB-B Male ($20)
Belkin has also announced a USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet adapter, but as of now does not have pricing or a dedicated product page available. The Gigabit adapter is notable, however, as it is one type of connection that Apple has yet to officially address.
It should be noted that although USB 3.1 supports up to 10Gbps transfers — and Belkin advertises this performance on its website — Apple’s implementation of USB 3.1 on the new MacBook is limited to 5Gbps.
Belkin states that the company’s line of USB-C cables and adapters will be available for purchase in “early summer,” which meaning that those picking up the new MacBook at or shortly following its mid-April release date will have to rely on Apple’s official adapters for their wired connectivity needs.