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Apple USB Modem is a small external modem dongle that was marketed by Apple.


The Apple USB modem supports Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.3 "Tiger" or later with a USB 2.0 connection. It utilizes a Conexant chipset, but relies on a deprecated 32-bit driver that began exhibiting compatibility issues in Mac OS X Lion (10.7) and is no longer functional under macOS Catalina (10.15) and later.[1]

This external modem resembles the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter, although the two use unrelated connection methods.


The external modem first became available on October 12, 2005 as a bundled option with the iMac G5 with iSight camera as it no longer contained an internal modem.[2] It soon became available as a separate item.[3]


  1. Activating a USB modem after Big Sur restart by Jeff_m, Apple Developer Forums. 2021-03-17.
  2. Null Modem: Dial-Up for Macs? by Glenn Fleischmann, TidBITS. 2005-11-07.
  3. Cell and Dial-Up Modem Updates by Glenn Fleischmann, TidBITS. 2005-11-14.

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