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Apple cuts USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 dongle prices amid MacBook Pro criticism

The 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Apple today temporarily lowered the prices of some of its accessories for connecting to its new MacBook Pro laptops, each of which comes with up to four USB-C ports and a headphone jack but no other ports.

The gesture, which is in place through December 31, follows complaints about perceived connectivity issues in the new high-end computers, particularly given their high prices. And it comes after Apple also lowered the cost of SSD upgrades for older Macs.

Here are the new prices for the dongles:

  • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter: $49 (down from $69)
  • USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter: $49 (down from $69)
  • USB-C to Lightning Cable (1 m): $19 (down from $25)
  • USB-C to Lightning Cable (2 m): $29 (down from $35)
  • USB-C to USB Adapter: $9 (down from $19)

The price of the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter is also being dropped, from $49 to $29. That’s interesting; some reports have indicated that the MacBook Pro might not be compatible with all Thunderbolt 3 accessories.

Additionally, Apple has lowered the prices of the LG displays it announced at the MacBook Pro event last month, MacRumors reports. The LG UltraFine 5K Display now costs $974, down from $1,299.95, and the LG UltraFine 4K Display costs $524, down from $699.95. As is the case with the adapters, these discounts are available through December 31.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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