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Apple Mac computers like the MacBook late 2016 are not made to do this per se Apple USB Super Drive to use. In addition, the SuperDrive with USB-A connection, which serves as an external optical drive for CDs and DVDs on Macs without a drive, is not compatible with all adapters, hubs and dongles. Apple always thinks forward-looking and tries to get rid of unnecessary things, but backward compatibility is often neglected. Therefore, here is a guide to the Apple USB SuperDrive on Macs with USB-C.
The Apple USB SuperDrive is designed so that users of Macs and MacBooks without a corresponding drive can also use CDs and DVDs - either by reading them out or by writing to them. Now the trend of not offering an optical drive in the Apple laptop has been maintained, while a new trend has arrived: the elimination of USB-A ports. Instead, be Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C ports are offered. And Apple points out that the solution to both problems can only be realized with certain adapters.
On corresponding support page Apple can also read the following note on the subject: "If you want to connect your SuperDrive to your MacBook (Retina, 12 ″, early 2015) and newer or your MacBook Pro (2016), you can use one of the following adapters"- then the following Apple adapters are listed:
The USB-C to USB-A adapter from Apple alone costs around 25 euros, which is why I would only recommend pure Apple purchases to those who have too much money when it comes to the topic of “external drives”. There are inexpensive alternatives, including those for reading and writing Blu-Ray discs. I would like to link some further articles to you.
With today's demands on such a drive, which is hardly used for burning countless data discs, but which is used for software and films, you need more than Apple has to offer. And in addition to functionality, there should also be a certain degree of compatibility. Or who wants to use a € 25 adapter to block a Thunderbolt port that could also have a dongle with umpteen connections and a drive?
So here are two more posts with alternatives to SuperDrive and Apple hubs:
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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