The USB-C to USB adapter goes from $19 to $9; the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter drops from $49 to $29; the USB-C to Lightning cable goes from $25 to $19 for one-meter cables and from $35 to $29 for two-meter cables; both the HDMI and VGA versions of Apple’s multi-port dongles drop from $69 to $49; and SanDisk’s Extreme Pro SD card reader drops from $49 to $29.
These adapters are still pretty expensive when you consider the base price of the laptop went up by $400 and you might need maybe $100 worth of dongles to match needed functionality on the previous generation of the MacBook Pro. (The lack of HDMI is especially off-putting.) USB-C is here to stay — no question about it — but this situation is making a lot of people reconsider upgrading. Personally, I would have preferred a thicker laptop that happened to add USB-C ports in this generation.
Thinking back, I don’t think I’ve ever had an Apple computer without at least one adapter involved, but this is getting to be a bit extreme. “There’s a dongle for that.”