MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)

Popular accessory maker Anker has shown off its upcoming lineup of USB-C cables and adapters including USB-C to USB 2.0, 3.0, and USB-C solutions. Especially interesting for 12-inch MacBook users is Anker’s USB-C to Lightning cable — the first that I’ve seen from a reputable vendor — which will allow users to connect iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches with Lightning ports directly to Apple’s USB Type C-only notebook for charging and syncing. Apple currently only offers three USB-C adapters including its $19 USB-C to USB Adapter for use with standard USB accessories and $79 USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter and USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter. It also sells a $29 USB-C Charge Cable which connects to its $49 29W USB-C Power Adapter for charging the new MacBook.

As we’ve not yet seen a USB-C to Lightning cable from Apple, Anker’s upcoming PowerLine USB-C to Lightning cable particularly interesting. Ideally, it’d be helpful to see a whole line of USB Type C-based power adapters fit for iPhones and iPads in the future to make transitioning from the standard port to the new, reversible port possible without adapters.

Anker USB-C to Lightning Micro USB

Anker hasn’t revealed pricing details for most of its PowerLine USB-C cables including the also useful USB-C to Micro USB cable in the lineup, which would be handy for restoring Apple TVs, updating Beats headphones firmware, or charging most power bricks or other accessories.

The PowerLine USB-C to USB 2.0 cable is priced at $15.99 and available for pre-order, though, while the rest of the lineup is described as ‘coming soon’ without additional details. It’s USB-C accessories also include power bricks, hubs, and more adapters worth checking out. Anker joins Apple, Belkin, and Google as well as other accessory makers in offering USB-C cables and adapters for use with Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook and other USB-C computers like Google’s latest Chromebook Pixel which includes a port on either side.

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