Hey. I'm also on a mac.
So I can ensure you that it is possible.
Please check if you get sound on headphones when you plug them into the macbook.
If this works your speakers might not work right.
Check the system preferences > audio > output. What do you see there?
The next thing to check finder > programs > utility > audio midi setup.
Check the internal. What do you see there?
In Cubase check Devices > ASIO > what is set as the ASIO driver there?
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