Rarely do I just port a press release title into an article because they tend to be… well, bad. But this is probably the one exception of 2017 because it’s just so perfect. Sanho Corporation has announced that the HyperDrive Kickstarter campaign which ends next Monday (January 16th) has raised over $1.5 million from more than 17,000 backers… all to just add ports to the new MacBook Pro. That’s an absurd statistic.
What that says is two fold: It’s kind of the #1 go-to product for getting ports back on the MacBook Pro and there are a lot of people who want the old connectivity of the previous MacBook out there. Like, a lot. Willing to, unsurprisingly, spend a lot.
In case you missed it:
HyperDrive is a unique Thunderbolt 3 USB-C adapter specifically designed for the 2016 MacBook Pro. It is the first adapter in the market to utilize two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the MacBook Pro to deliver the fastest 50Gb/s bandwidth across 7 ports (HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, microSD, SD, 2 x USB 3.1), virtually restoring all the ports found on the previous 2015 MacBook Pro model. The 50Gb/s bandwidth allows for all 7 ports to be used simultaneously, including connecting to a 5K Thunderbolt 3 Display and a 4K HDMI display at the same time. The Thunderbolt 3 port on the HyperDrive also supports up to 100W power delivery allowing the user to charge the MacBook Pro at full speed while using the HyperDrive.
So yeah, the people wanted ports, and the people ordered ports. Apple didn’t give them what they wanted, so a third party just made a ton of money off that desire.