13-Inch rMBP Future Vulnerable?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rhyzome, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. rhyzome macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012
    Does anyone think it is odd that Apple announced USB-C's incorporation into the new MBs but released the 13" rMBP only with USB-3?

    Is USB-C is the new "standard" then aren't these models just asking to become obsolete?

    It seems like it is inevitable that in the (near) future there will be new accessories and devices--power adapters, iphones, ipads, thumb drives, etc etc--that you'll want to use but won't be able to because they're USB-C.

    Do I misunderstand the anticipated use of USB-C? I wonder why apple wouldn't release a Pro model with it?
  2. nirvanemesis macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2014
    Apple probably decided that a redesign to include Type C in the 13" chassis wasn't worth it just for the Broadwell revision. Yes USB-C will be the new standard, but USB 3.0 isn't going to disappear overnight. I suspect that by the time Type C completely takes over 3.0, it'll be time for an upgrade anyway.
  3. Freyqq macrumors 68040

    Dec 13, 2004
    USB C to A and A to C just takes an adapter. So, you just might need a couple adapters one day.
  4. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    That's my thought too. I think for now they just updated the processors to tide people over. I expect a slight redesign with Skylake and that's when Apple will introduce USB-C to the MBP.
  5. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    If by future you means 4-5 years...then yes. USB-C ports will probably be in every laptop coming out next year, but everyone doesn't buy a new laptop every year, so adoption will still be slow. You'll probably see things like USB-C flash drives that are a bit smaller, but that would be it really, as every other device could include both a standard USB cable and a C cable.

    I'd guess in about 3-4 years you might see iPhone's packaged with a USB-C to lightning cable rather than standard USB (Note - packaged with...not available for sale which I think will be this year.)
  6. nfranklin macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2015
    It's very hard to predict at what pace older technology will phase out in favor of new. Something as prominent as a USB standard is not going to disappear very quickly.
  7. iPaintCode macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2012
    Metro Detroit
    But companies will start pushing USB C peripherals pretty quick and make them backwards compatible. Then again USB C for a 2.5in 5400rpm external HD might be extreme overkill, but with SSD prices dropping I'm sure we will see platters getting phased out faster over the next few years.

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