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2017 MacBook Pro: Personal HotSpot via iPhone Does not Work

See also in-depth coverage of the late 2016 MacBook Pro.

MPG now for review courtesy of B&H Photo the 2017 Apple MacBook Pro 3.1 GHz / 16GB / 1TB / AMD Radeon Pro 560 (4GB DDR5).

While I'd prefer the 2TB SSD, the 1TB model is my recommended top-end system for most users since even on my photographic trips lasting 10 days or so, I found 1TB enough. Videographers should definitely opt for the 2TB SSD model. Other users may find the 512GB SSD model acceptable, the capacity is just too too low for my needs. The things I strongly recommend are the fastest CPU and GPU and 16GB is mandatory for this class machine.

The adapter hassle remains as I quickly discovered, having no gigabit ethernet adapter handy.

But the main issue is that while I just got back from a trip using my iPhone 7 Plus personal hotspot feature every day and having it function fine at home today also, the 2017 MacBook Pro simply will not function with the iPhone 7 Plus personal hotspot via USB. This renders the 2017 MBP useless for my travel needs.

What I tried, none of which works:

  • Apple USB-C to Lightning cable
  • Apple USB-C to USB-A adapter
  • OWC USB-C to USB-A adapter.

I’ve said “Trust this Computer” when prompted, reset settings, etc. Plugged into the 2015 MacBook Pro, the personal hotspot feature on this same phone works instantly.

UPDATE: the 2017 MacBook Pro started working with the hot spot, for unknown reasons.

Separately (using WiFi) an old bug has resurfaced in Apple Mail in which it seemingly corrupts POP accounts and SMTP server info, which must be destroyed and recreated.

This Apple Core Rot experience continues to waste my time getting things to work—still down.

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