So just build laptops with some USB-C ports, so we can buy new things with USB-C and keep using our old things.
Dongles. What a circus.
And then 5 years later, nobody's adopted USB-C yet because every computer still has USB-A ports and every accessory manufacturer wants to be as compatible as possible.
Apple is betting that the short-term inconvenience of a few dongles is worth it in order to force every accessory manufacturer to jump on the USB-C train immediately. I can't say I disagree with them.
Some competing models already just have USB Type C ports.
Psssh, USB. Like that'll ever catch on... And Apple was a tiiiiny fraction of the market then compared to what they are now.
Anybody remember all the PS/2 to USB dongles? We got over it.
In both cases Apple didn't set a trend, it was inevitable.
But a USB-A mouse works perfectly, just like a wired headphone. There is not a clear advantage here.
In the short term, my main desire for an A port would be for wireless mouse dongles or other people's flash drives. But I mostly switched to a bluetooth laptop mouse already, so I'm not sweating the mice. For my own flash drive, you can get one that supports both ports, but other people won't necessarily have one.
I think I'd still rather carry around an adapter for the short term and be able to transition completely off of USB-A when I no longer need it.
It's not that I'm against thin-and-light, I just see that as fitting the needs of e.g. PMs and managers, and the MacBook / Air filled that need nicely. Now they've gone and made the mbp into the air, thinking that's what everyone wants and needs.
On the USB-C note, I'm curious what happens to the Mac Pro now. They're pushing USB-C as the new standard for pro accessories, and yet the Mac Pro doesn't support it. As if being 3 years old wasn't bad enough, now it's 3 years old and has the wrong ports.
Here's hoping for an "Our bad, the new Mac Pro has USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, upgradeable GPUs and multiple drive bays," but I'm not holding my breath.
Sure, I can buy another cable, but I feel like Apple should be swapping out Lighting<->USB A cables with the USB C equivilient for free.
I've got a phone charger in my bedroom and one in my bag and those are the only things it ever gets connected to.
Who cares what the other end of the cable is shaped like as long as it's the same kind as your charger?
If you still had USB-A on the computer, you could potentially have traveled with only a laptop power supply, and then charged the phone via the laptop ports with the original cable. But I don't know anyone who travels without a phone charger thinking "eh, I'll just plug this into my computer to charge instead."
1. Did they honestly think no one would balk at the prices?
2. I feel like they're reacting to every single wave of criticism over these last couple years, and instead of making me feel good, it makes me feel like none of the execs have any idea what they're doing. Kinda would prefer they stuck to their guns about having 10000% margins on their accessories.
Right now, my $1,000 2012 Air has a charger, usb keyboard, usb phone charger, and a usb conference mic plugged into it. I don't even want to imagine carrying around the number of dongles that would allow me to do the same on a 2017 Pro machine.
Using dongles is also not the issue. Having a versatile port is a good thing.
The issue is that they seem to be neglecting common use cases in their own platform. As in, you cannot plug an iPhone to their own computer, not even to charge it. This is inexcusable. At the very least, they've lost control of timing (if the next iphone happens to have a USB-C port).
> Right now, my $1,000 2012 Air has a charger, usb keyboard, usb phone charger, and a usb conference mic plugged into it. I don't even want to imagine carrying around the number of dongles that would allow me to do the same on a 2017 Pro machine.
A single USB-C port can replace all that and more, you can also carry power and video. There's no reason why those can't be provided by a single "dongle". Which would actually be more convenient to carry around.
Would it have killed Apple to include a USB-C to USB3 dongle? I can't believe their margins are that thin.
Am I just confused? A USB-C to lightning cable connects an iPhone to a new mac without a dongle, no? It's just a different cable than before.
Probably more like 5 years at best.
Removing all USB-A ports would have been a bold move in 2018, but in 2016 it's delusional.
With only 2 ports, you need a ridiculous number of big dongles or hubs to get serious work done, and any pro user with >1 external HD, display, or gigabit wired is rightfully wondering what the hell Apple was thinking.
Wouldn't having a single multi-port hub actually be superior? Instead of a bunch of cables connecting your laptop to multiple different devices you have one cable to the hub. Much easier to get up and move with.
See the first five minutes of this video , which actually involves Apple's "Digital AV Multiport" adapter, to see the near-term experience of "dongle hell."
Most people still use USB-A accessories.
See the difference?
See the similarities?
Mice and keyboards work perfectly well on a USB-A connection, there is really no need to force everyone to buy dongles or to upgrade all your peripherals to USB-C.
In fact there is some parallel here; we all know that USB-C is the way of the future. Every phone, every laptop, every desktop will eventually have these ports for everything. It will replace every proprietary DC power plug. But right now, just like it was in 1998, the future isn't quite here yet.
And that was just one model, the Air. If you wanted an optical drive you could buy a white macbook or a MBP. Now there are no options.
If the new ports are about elegance, I wish Apple made dongles with long cables, so as to hide the adapter part.
better than nothing I guess.