If you haven’t heard or simply were living under a rock, like the rest of us are, you might have to be wary of the fact that, the new Macbook Pro, Apple released, will require you to buy a new cable to connect to its four USB-C Ports (in Apple terminology it’s called the Thunderbolt 3).
After the headphone jack removal fiasco with the iPhone 7, Apple is turning its eyes to bringing its users back to the future, and that is certainly not a bad thing!
The four USB- C Ports on the two models (13-inch and 15-inch Macbook Pro with Touch Bar) whilst two on the 13-inch Macbook without Touch Bar, is capable of double the speed of data transfer at 40Gb/s compared to the previous generation at just 20Gb/s. That means, 14 hours of HD video, 25,000 photos, 10,000 songs will only take less than a minute to copy.
Not only that, each port is also capable of having bidirectional charging, where a single USB-C port can deliver power in both directions. So a port can charge a device or, alternatively, be charged by one. And it’s capable of delivering up to 100 watts of power, so a single cable can be used to connect to a dock or display and charge your Macbook Pro simultaneously.
That is pretty cool, but it does come at a price.
As we find ourselves having to fish out, at least, $370 worth of dongles and accessories just to connect your existing devices to the new Macbook Pro.
From SD card readers, Iphones, Ipads, to Lightning Earpods, HDMI and Micro USBs, the list is pretty long, and its lack of support has been one of its heavily criticized aspects. Not to mention, how even the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t support the USB-C Ports.
Even the iTunes, which provides any good for anything these days, managing apps, music and sometimes iOS updates on your iPhone, just got much harder.
Yet again, a future where one port for all phones, laptops, and other devices is inevitable, but that future for now is still causing us to question whether now is the right time.
At least, the new Macbook Pro has a headphone jack.
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