Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. In 2016, it did more of the latter, removing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and just about every other port on the new line of MacBook Pro laptops. But tech accessories manufacturer Hyper is returning some of those beloved laptop ports with a new dongle that it launched on Kickstarter.
The new MacBook Pros only have Thunderbolt 3 ports that Apple praises for its universal applications (charging, data transfer, and video output). The only problem is that you don’t own anything else that is compatible with Thunderbolt 3. There’s no USB port, no HDMI connector, no memory card readers. Rather than get separate dongles for each, the new HyperDrive combines them all into one accessory that is about the size of an Apple TV remote.
By plugging into two of the Thunderbolt 3 ports instead of just one, the HyperDrive delivers greater speed (up to 50Gb/second) to the devices that are connected to it. The HyperDrive allows up to seven different accessories to connect with the MacBook Pro. There is a HDMI video output, a Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C port, an SD and Micro SD card reader, and two of the old school USB 3.1 ports that, let’s face it, most of our devices still use.
There is clearly an appetite for the HyperDrive. When it launched on Kickstarter, it’s fundraising goal was $100,000. With 14 days left to go, the campaign has already raised more than eight times that, pulling in $887,439.