Ever wish you could connect all your Thunderbolt accessories to one single box and then just hook that up to your MacBook? No, of course not. Because you don’t have any Thunderbolt accessories. Nobody does, unless they like spending double for a hard drive or have picked up one of Apple’s nice Thunderbolt displays. Which include the dock anyway.
No, what you need is the MacDock, a neat little Apple-TV-like box which connects a wealth of accessories to your vintage MacBook via it’s Mini DisplayPort and USB ports.
The box has holes for a monitor, an audio jack and three USB plugs. One of these plugs puts out ten watts to charge an iPad.
These holes are arrayed along three sides, with the fourth side sprouting a flat ribbon cable that pushes into the DisplayPort and it’s adjacent USB port on pretty much any size of MacBook Pro since 2009. And yes, this does mean that it technically works with your Thunderbolt port (you’ll have to choose the Retina version for Retina MBPs).
It’s a Kickstarter, which means waiting around and pitching money (around $70). Still, there’s only about a month to go on this one.