Best USB-C adapters and cables for iPad Pro (2018) iMore 2020

You've got the brand new iPad Pro. It's the first iOS device to have a USB-C port rather than a Lightning port. Whether you picked up the 11-inch or the 12.9-inch version, you may find yourself in need of some USB-C adapters and cables. Here are some of the best.

For your music: USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter

There is no headphone jack in the 2018 iPad Pro models, so if you want to plug in headphones, you'll need this adapter. Plug it in to your USB-C port, and then plug your headphones into the other end. You may want to go wireless at some point, but this inexpensive adapter will hold you over until then.

$9 at Apple

Transfer photos: USB-C to SD Card Reader

Transfer high-resolution photos and videos at UHS-II speeds to your iPad Pro and machines with USB-C ports. It works with UHS-II SD cards and it's backward compatible with other SD cards and adapters.

$39 at Apple

Charge your watch: Apple Watch Magnetic Charger to USB-C Cable (0.3m)

Perhaps you never thought about charging your Apple Watch with your iPad Pro, but with this cable, you can do so. It's roughly a foot long, and lets you charge your Apple Watch as part of your mobile setup.

$29 at Apple

For your USB cords: USB-C to USB Adapter

You probably still have some devices with USB cables, such as your iPhone charger. With this adapter, you can plug your USB cable into your iPad Pro. Now you can charge your iPhone or any USB accessories with your iPad Pro.

$19 at Apple

For your VGA display: USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter

This adapter has three ports. One is just a USB-C port so you can still charge your iPad Pro. One is a USB port. The main reason to buy this one is for the VGA port, so you can mirror your iPad Pro display to your VGA-enabled TV or display in up to 1080p HD.

$69 at Apple

Charge your iPhone: USB-C to Lightning Cable (1 m)

Charge your iPhone or other iOS device directly with this cable in your iPad Pro. You can also use this cable to rapid charge your iPhone 8 or newer if you have a 29W or higher power adapter.

$19 at Apple

The monster hub: HyperDrive USB-C Hub for 2018 iPad Pro

This hub adds six ports to your iPad Pro: 4K HDMI, 35mm audio jack, SD, micro SD, USB-A 3.0 and USB-C power delivery. It comes with a brace so its weight won't damage your iPad Pro. The HyperDrive hub fits either the 11-inch or 12.9-inch size, with or without the Smart Keyboard Folio attached.

$49 Pre-order/$99 MSRP at HyperShop

Wall charger: Scosche PowerVolt

With all those cables, you might need an additional fast charger or two for your home. This is two in one: an 18W USB-C port and a 12W USB port for the maximum charging speed. Charge your iPad Pro and your iPhone from a single wall unit.

$35 at Amazon

I personally bought Apple's USB-C to USB Adapter. I'm not even sure if I'll need it much, but I figured it was better to have it on hand just in case I need it quickly. I can use it for both my MacBook Pro and my iPad Pro. I'd recommend it generally for its flexibility, but of course you may have a specific use case for the other items on this list.

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