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Question: Which Macbook has the greatest number of ports for connectivity?

Which Macbook has the greatest number of ports for connectivity?

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Mar 13, 2018 3:50 PM in response to cturtleman In response to cturtleman

Connectivity to what? Network? Disk drives? Keyboards and pointing devices? External monitors? iPhones/iPads/iPod Touches?


Depending on the mix of devices you have a need to connect, will give us a better idea of what might be appropriate.


The current crop of USB-C based Macs can to provide many different kinds of port, but you have to get adapters from USB-C Thunderbolt 3 to other kinds of ports. But one USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port with the right ($250 - $350) adapter can drive two 4K monitors, Gigabit Ethernet, 4 USB3 ports, have a SD Card slot, have audio in and audio out, plus provide power to the Mac. And for the current generation Macs you get more than 1 of those USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports


USB-C Thunderbolt 3 adapters run from a few ports for something in the plus or minus $50 range. As the price goes up, more ports are available and when you get to the $250 range, you can drive 2 external monitors with a single adapter.


You want to go to someplace like <https://everymac.com/> to see what current and previous generation Macs offered in the way of ports.


You an also go to <http://support.apple.com> and find out the configuration of current and older Macs.

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Mar 13, 2018 6:05 PM in response to BobHarris In response to BobHarris

I need a MacBook to manage and back up the audiobooks and music on mine and my wife's phones--the way we used to before everything started moving to the cloud. We want to synch our files on the MacBook and not through the cloud. The cloud for us is just a backup whre we can't see what it contains. We want the real day to day files to live on the MacBook. So I just need to make sure the MacBook I get have enough memory to store the files and will be able to hook up to our iPhones and if necessary a printer or USB peripheral hard drive.

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Mar 14, 2018 6:47 AM in response to cturtleman In response to cturtleman

Any Mac will do that job.


If it has USB-C ports, then get a USB-C to USB3 adapter, or just get a USB-C to Lightning cable.


If it has USB2 or USB3 ports, then there all you need is the USB to Lightning cable that came with your iPhones.


The ports are the least of your concern. You want to figure on how much storage you need. So part of your decision should be how much music/audiobooks (in storage terms), and how large is the storage in each iPhone, as you will need to have at least that much storage per iPhone, and you should figure on multiplying that by a 3 or 4 so you can have multiple backup copies.


You might also look at iMazing.com as they have an iPhone backup utility that works rather well via WiFi. There is a free version that just does backups, and a for pay version that allows you to manipulate the contents of your iPhone files (to what extent I do not know, as I only use the free version to do WiFi backups).

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