All the things that you have now to your new one Laptop can connect

All the things that you have now to your new one Laptop can connect

Tech Highlights:

  • All these ports, which power data transfer and charging for most everything you likely use, have been replaced by four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. Surprisingly the folks at Apple saw it fit to give the headphone jack a stay of execution on the new model.

  • Today, Apple removed the MagSafe 2 charging port type, they stripped away the HDMI port, they ripped out the SD card slot, they shuttered the Thunderbolt 2 ports (which you probably used like three times).

Apple just introduced a shiny, super thin new MacBook Pro. But for what was birthed, a lot of widely-held standards had to die.

But even with the death of the headphone jack, Apple was making a broader declaration that it believed most headphone manufacturers would soon be adopting bluetooth and designing wireless headphones. With this MacBook Pro, Apple still sees people needing all of these other ports (see slide below), they just don’t seem to care that consumers will need to buy a separate accessory in order to do so.

Complaining about Apple sacrificing existing consumer needs in terms of connection types is getting pretty tiring. Most have made a lot of sense, generally when the company was retiring the proprietary standards that it was largely the only one pushing. See: Firewire or Thunderbolt 2. Others, like losing the headphone jack on the new iPhone 7 or ditching the old USB on the new MacBook have created a bit more of an uproar among users that aren’t psyched about needing a dongle on-hand at all times to connect their device to things they need.

What Apple does have on its side here is that USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 are invariably the future thanks to their more compact design and faster transfer speeds. USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are different connection standards with the same physical port. This is an important note because while the MacBook Pro ports are compatible with both types, the regular MacBook only interfaces with USB-C.

This justification by way of superiority might sound a bit unsatisfying to MacBook buyers who had to hear this exact same reasoning when Apple wasted space on the Thunderbolt 2 ports that were ultimately only adopted by a few high-end peripherals, but this time around Apple isn’t the only one leading the USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 revolution so this will likely see a different outcome.

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