Apple announced a new 12" MacBook. The only port other than a headphone jack is USB-C. Since it is new technology I do not have any USB-C memory sticks.

What adapters will let older USB sticks work with this port and Mac?


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Simple answer - yes.

Apple has also announced an USB-C to USB connector for £15 in the UK store or $19 in the US store.

It too isn't shipping yet, so it's hard to know if this is a custom chip and design or any old "connect the wires" adapter will do the trick. However, my guess is that it's just a simple adapter and there's no licensing like the lightning port requires/allows.

The specifications are that the port is just USB 3.1 Gen 1 which means that pretty much any USB-A device in existance will interoperate with the new MacBook.

  • Forgive the large edit. I'll undelete my answer if you're not comfortable with the amount of change I introduced.
    – bmike
    Mar 10, 2015 at 22:53
  • @bmike - no worries at all. Both are/were correct at the time of writing ;) I see no reason to not keep it up to date & canonical.
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 11, 2015 at 7:12

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