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From USB-A to Thunderbolt: The conclusive guide to the ports on your Apple gadgets

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Apple gadgets feature a series of ports into which you plug devices, battery chargers, and other external gadgets. With innovation continuously altering and bringing brand-new hardware options to old issues, how can you keep up with the present openings on your Apple gadgets?

From HDMI to USB-C and whatever in-between, here’s our fast referral guide. The very first area notes the ports on each significant Apple gadget. The 2nd area describes what each port does and what it’s utilized for.

In 2023, Apple presented the iPhone 15 lineup that changed the Lightning port with USB-C. Moving forward, USB-C will be the port in all brand-new iPhones. Here is the port setup for the iPhones Apple presently offers:

ModelUSB-CLightningMagSafeiPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max – (USB 3)- iPhone 15 – (USB 2)- iPhone 14 – – iPhone 13 – – iPhone SE – MacBook ports

Apple presently uses 2 various MacBook designs, the MacBook Air, and the MacBook Pro. Apple provides various port setups for each design and size. Here’s a take a look at what each laptop computer has:

ModelThunderbolt/USB 4MagSafe 3SDXCHDMI 2.13.5 mm earphone jack13 ″ MacBook Air2 – – 15 ″ MacBook Air2 – – 14 ″ MacBook Pro2 – – – – 16 ″ MacBook Pro3 – – – – Desktop Mac ports

Apple presently provides 4 desktop Mac designs: the Mac mini, iMac, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro. Here are the ports for each design:

ModelThunderbolt/
USB 4USB 3USB-AEthernetHDMISDXC3.5 mm earphone jackM2 Mac mini22 – – (v2.0)- M2 Pro Mac mini42 – – (v2.1)- iMac (8-core GPU)2 – iMac (10-core GPU)22 – – M2 Max Mac Studio422 – (10 Gb)- (v2.1)- – M2 Ultra Mac Studio62 – (10 Gb)- (v2.1)- – Mac Pro * 822 (10 Gb)2 (v2.1)- * The Mac Pro has internal ports: one USB-A port and 2 Serial ATA ports. Mac input gadgets

Apple’s Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Mouse have Lightning ports. They do consist of Lightning to USB-C cable televisions for pairing and charging each gadget. Considering that Apple is phasing out Lighting with the iPhone and has actually phased it out in the iPad, it’s anticipated that these inout gadgets will ultimately sport USB-C, however Apple remains in no rush to do so– they do not require to be upgraded to adhere to the European Union’s Radio Equipment Directive.

iPad ports

Apple had actually utilized Lightning adapters with its iPads, however it began utilizing USB-C in the iPad Pro, which was ultimately changed with Thunderbolt/USB 4. USB-C likewise changed Lightning in the non-pro iPads. Here is the port setup for the iPads Apple presently offers.

ModelThunderbolt/USB 4USB-CSmart ConnectoriPad Pro – – iPad Air – – iPad (10th gen)- – iPad (9th gen)- iPad small – Apple Watch ports

When the Apple Watch (no matter design) requires to make a connection, it does so wirelessly, depending on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It does not have any information ports, however it does make a magnetic induction connection when connected to a battery charger. (Apple does not describe Apple Watch’s battery charger as a MagSafe battery charger.)

For the pedantic, Apple Watch does have adapters at the top and bottom for watch bands. These do not move information at all.

Apple Vision Pro ports

Apple does not anticipate users to link the Apple Vision Pro to anything,

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