Apple’s decision to move to Thunderbolt 3/USB-C in its new MacBook Pro with Touch bar models generated some heat but is also fostering a boom in MacBook Pro hubs. These hubs are designed to add support for earlier flavors of USB, Lightning, HDMI and other interconnect standards.
On hubs and hubris
When Apple elected to move to the new interconnect there was a lot of criticism. In truth, many users won’t need much beyond a Lightning/USB-C adaptor, but many Mac users, particularly in pro markets, will need solutions like these. This is why many vendors have announced new hubs for this purpose in the last few weeks, including these noteworthy examples gathered here.