Apple makes 23 different dongles - and it would cost you $857 to buy them all

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iPhone 7 headphone dongle plugged in Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

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 Apple A sampling of Apple's many 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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23. USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter, $69

23. USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter, $69

You may never need every single one of the Apple-made dongles — not everyone needs to connect their Mac to a projector, after all — but there's a decent chance you'd need many of them, especially if you're a diehard Apple consumer that likes to buy all the latest products.

So, after shelling out hundreds, or even thousands, for a new iPhone or MacBook, expect to spend about $857 (not including tax) to get every available dongle on the above list. Is that expensive? Well, a standard iPhone 7 Plus costs $869 — just $10 more than all the dongles.

22. USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, $69

22. USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, $69

21. USB-C to USB Adapter, $19

21. USB-C to USB Adapter, $19

20. Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter, $29

20. Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter, $29

19. Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, $29

19. Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, $29

18. Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter, $39

18. Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter, $39

17. Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, $29

17. Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, $29

16. Lightning Digital AV Adapter, $49

16. Lightning Digital AV Adapter, $49

15. Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader, $29

15. Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader, $29

14. Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter, $49

14. Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter, $49

13. Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter, $9

13. Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter, $9

12. Apple 30-pin Digital AV Adapter, $39

12. Apple 30-pin Digital AV Adapter, $39

11. Apple iPhone TTY Adapter, $19

11. Apple iPhone TTY Adapter, $19

10. Apple 30-pin to VGA Adapter, $29

10. Apple 30-pin to VGA Adapter, $29

9. Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter, $99

9. Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter, $99

8. Lightning to Micro USB Adapter, $19

8. Lightning to Micro USB Adapter, $19

7. Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, $29

7. Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, $29

6. Lightning to VGA Adapter, $49

6. Lightning to VGA Adapter, $49

5. Apple HDMI to DVI Adapter, $29

5. Apple HDMI to DVI Adapter, $29

4. Apple USB Ethernet Adapter, $29

4. Apple USB Ethernet Adapter, $29

3. Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, $29

3. Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, $29

2. Lightning to 30-pin Adapter, $29

2. Lightning to 30-pin Adapter, $29

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

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