• Apple’s Strange Decision to Reduce MacBook Pro Connectivity

    Apple's Strange Decision to Reduce MacBook Pro Connectivity

    Weeks after tech giant Apple delivered on its dreaded promise to eliminate the standard 3.5 mm audio jack from its long awaited iPhone 7, the California company was expected to double down on this unpopular decision as it released the new MacBook Pro.

    Thankfully for audiophiles and fans of Apple hardware, the new and ultra-thin MacBook Pro features a port to connect a headphone jack or a set of analog speakers; however, that is one of the very few connectors on this sleek portable computer.

    Just days after financial analysts explained that Apple now depends on extensive sales of the iPhone 7 to keep major shareholders happy, Apple unveiled a shocking lack of ports and connectors for its new MacBook Pro.

    Goodbye to Standard Connectivity?

    By releasing the new MacBook Pro, Apple has done away with the following ports:

    Standard MagSafe 2 for charging
    SD card
    Thunderbolt 2
    Standard USB

    Altogether, there are five ports: four of them are Thunderbolt 3, also known as USB-C, and the 3.5 mm audio jack that is controversially missing from the iPhone 7. The Thunderbolt 3 ports are next-generation equipment that experts believe will become standard within the next 10 years or so, but few accessories support this type of connectivity these days.

    Just like iPhone 7 users were left aghast by the prospect of having to purchase a dongle to use traditional headphones, MacBook Pro users will have to wait until adaptors, dongles and port converters hit the market so they can use their favorite devices and peripherals.

    Tech analysts are questioning Apple’s wisdom in eliminating so many ports from the new MacBook Pro. The situation is not as dire in the regular MacBook, which suggests that users will probably gravitate more towards this model than the Pro.

    Apple has a history of attempting to set new connectivity standards; such is the case with Firewire and Thunderbolt 2 ports and cables. The problem is that many of these attempts are misguided and end up fizzling. Such was the case with doing away with the headphone jack on the iPhone 7; Apple believes that it can push its AirPods and other Bluetooth audio peripherals onto it customers.

    The problem with the lack of connectors in the new MacBook Pro is that this is a portable computer intended to be used by professional musicians, graphic artists and filmmakers, who happen to be the most likely to connect peripherals such as cameras, projectors, mixers, electric guitars, special printers, drafting tablets, SD cards loaded with large files, microphones, electric guitars, and others.

    Apple may be expecting that standard ports such as HDMI and USB will become obsolete in the next few years, but there is also a risk that such expectation may backfire.