Apple makes 23 different dongles — and it would cost you $857 to buy them all (AAPL)


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iPhone 7 headphone dongle plugged in

Last September, Apple forced new iPhone owners to accept& a new reality: If you wanted to connect wired headphones to the iPhone 7, the first iPhone without a headphone jack, you'd have to use a tiny adapter.

Unofficially called a dongle, the Lightning-to-headphone-jack adapter came free with new iPhones, or cost an extra $9 on Apple's online store.&

The latest iPhone isn't the only Apple product that needs an array of dongles to become its most useful self. You need a dongle to& connect your MacBook Air to an ethernet cable. You'll also need a dongle if you'd like a second screen for your computer, or if you'd like& to import photos from an SD card. If you were hoping to plug a flash drive right into your new MacBook, think again: You're going to need a USB to USB-C dongle for that.&

Apple dongles

That got us thinking: How many Apple dongles are there? And if you happened to need all of them, how much would that cost you?

We took a look through Apple's online store in an attempt to nail down the complete dongle lineup. We eliminated all the dongles& not made by Apple (although Belkin makes this particularly useful adapter),& and didn't count standard power cables, chargers, or plugs.&

We counted a grand total of 23 dongles on Apple's website, which would cost& $857 (not including tax) to buy them all. Take a look:


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1. Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (0.2 m), $39

2. Lightning to 30-pin Adapter, $29

3. Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, $29

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