Even though they were both released within a few weeks of each other the chance of them being fully compatible out of the box is exactly, well, zero. In fact, the iPhone 7 and the MacBook Pro cannot be connected out of the box. That’s right, you will need an adapter to get the shiny new iPhone 7 to charge or sync with with any new MacBook model. While this seems very strange to some the fact is that Apple has decided to push the world toward USB-C. The new MacBook Pro comes with 4 of these new connections. However, while you can charge your MacBook through any one of the 4 USB-C ports, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus only come with a lightning to USB connector. Sounds similar but I promise USB will not connect directly to USB-C without an adapter.
To get around this you have a couple of options. Using an adapter is of course option 1. As long as you’ve synced your iPhone with a cable once you can check the sync over Wi-Fi box in iTunes while the phone is connected and you can then ditch the adapter. Ditch it as in stash in a drawer where you can find it later, because if you ever need to restore your phone using iTunes, which does sometimes happen, you will need that USB to USB-C adapter.
Then there are those people that think big. So big that a $2400 base price for a 15″ MacBook Pro with the all new Touch Bar sounds like a deal and no amount of adapters or dongles could take away their anxiousness to get the new laptop. For those people, being able to connect two LG 5K displays while still using the screen on your new MacBook Pro is worth the price of a few adapters for their other devices.
Finally, the move to USB-C makes me think Apple will include a lightning to USB-C cord as standard in next year’s iPhone box with an adapter to use older USB connections. This will enable even faster charging and syncing through USB-C but will allow customers to still use their old home and car chargers.
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