Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Apple to ditch "old" USB sockets on new MacBooks?

After removing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, it looks like Apple is about to do it again on its new MacBook line, removing the older USB sockets and relying just on the newer USB Type-C socket.

Though it's nothing but a rumor for now, it comes from the same source that correctly predicted Apple would remove the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. And, if they're right once again it means MacBooks may soon say goodbye to the traditional USB ports and rely just on the newer and more versatile USB Type-C as well as Thinderbolt 3. The MagSafe charging port would also disappear, as you'd charge it via USB Type-C.

Though at the moment this would surely annoy some users, which would have to rely on USB Type-C hubs, like the one Apple has, offering extra USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and a Type-C pass-through for charging; it would certainly help accelerate the adoption of the USB Type-C as the new USB standard. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see the sort of hub that now is being sold separately to become increasingly standard in the monitors and other peripherals, easing up the process of connecting multiple devices to a laptop (you'd just connect it to your monitor and that would be it.)

We'll know soon enough, as Apple is expected to announce the new line of MacBooks this month, and we should get a new 13.3" and 15.4" MacBook Pro modes - though the 11" MacBook Air seems to have ended its run (Apple will probably direct those users to the iPad Pro.)

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