Apple’s Keynote was quite moving, and in it we could see how the Californian firm presented new products such as the much talked about MacBook 2016, which has come to revolutionize the laptop market with its many new features, such as the Touch Bar.
However, all that glitters isn’t gold, and the new MacBooks have their dark side, too, especially for those looking for maximum connectivity, as they only have four – or two in the most basic versions – Thunderbolt 3 ports. This can only mean one thing: get ready to buy adapters.
Are those enough ports?
The inclusion of the Touch Bar didn’t surprise anyone, as it had been leaking for several weeks, but what did leave us in awe was the presentation of “decaffeinated” versions in both sizes, which, in addition to not having this peculiar panel or the Touch ID, can’t boast of connectivity either, as they see the number of Thunderbolt 3 ports they have reduced to the point of only incorporating two of these connections.
Thunderbolt 3: USB Type C, but nothing else
Also, on yesterday’s keynote we saw a few of the most popular features disappear from the 2015 MacBook Pro: the MagSafe 2 power socket, two Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3 ports, an SDXC card slot, and most popularly, the HDMI port. All that’s a thing of the past and has been replaced by 4 Thunderbolt 3 jacks, or two in the most basic cases. With this, we see reduced the possibilities of our MacBook, since one of the ports we will have to dedicate to the loading of the device and for the other ports we will probably have to use an adapter.
Firstly, if Apple wants to base its ecosystem on USB type C -Thunderbolt 3, as they call it-, it should equip the rest of its devices with this technology. To give an example, the iPhone 7, despite its exorbitant price in the most complete versions, has not yet passed the USB B, for which we will have to pay 59 euros in the official store, all without counting the other devices to which we can connect it. Among others, my monitor uses a DisplayPort connection and currently an adapter from this to Thunderbolt is really hard to find in the market. Anyway, we can always opt for unofficial adapters, which are much cheaper, although they do not have the quality of Apple.
In other words, the new MacBook Pro 2016 range will mean leaving us a considerable amount of money on adapters so we can keep the devices we previously had. So we’ll have to think twice about upgrading our MacBook Pro.