A single image changed my mind about buying the MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by giazzon, Jun 22, 2016.

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  1. giazzon macrumors newbie


    Jun 3, 2016
    I was thinking about upgrading my MBA to a MacBook but after considering EVERYTHING I got to this image (The Verge). Sorry but I cannot agree to this.

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    What did you expect? It only has one port, so if you're going to plug in anything other than USB-C devices you'll need an adapter. I've had mine for two months now and I've yet to have a need to plug in anything else than the charger. You simply need to understand what you're buying before you hit the buy button.
  3. giazzon thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 3, 2016
  4. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    What's the point you're trying to make? That you can eschew a single cable solution and instead cobble together a Frankensteinien mess of daisy chained adapters and cables? You can do the same with your MBA too if you wish.
  5. giazzon thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 3, 2016
    For the love of Lopan, why do people get so defensive? I'm just posting my point of view about my decision of not buying the MacBook. I love my MBA but I think Apple made a huge mistake in only making available the USB-C ports. There's a lot of potential buyers coming to this forum trying to make their minds. This is something to think about, an important one.
  6. lite426 macrumors regular

    May 24, 2013
    I went into this thread, read only the title and looked at the picture and thought you were going to say, it looks so sleek and cool from that pic that you decided to buy it. That was an unexpected twist.
  7. giazzon thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 3, 2016
  8. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Because there's only one port, and it's designed for ultra-portability. Not designed for power, and not designed to frequently use peripherals. That is the purpose of the machine.

    I suppose the wording "Sorry but I cannot agree to this" in your original post made it seem as though this was an unacceptable and unknown consequence of having this laptop, which may have prompted a bit of a blunt response.

    People can seem a little grumpier over text, so it's just a little misunderstanding on all sides. I'm sure nobody meant to come across as ultra-defensive or overly critical. :)
  9. giazzon thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 3, 2016
    This. The machine's purpose do not match my needs. Hence, I cannot agree to this design/market decision when considering the MacBook as an upgrade to my MBA. But this is the ONLY negative aspect that changed my mind about buying it and not everyone considers this when weighting the pros and cons.

    Thank you : )
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    But if they put a bunch of ports on it, then it would be thicker and heavier. I like the MacBook exactly as it is. They didn't make a mistake at all.
  11. giazzon thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 3, 2016
    It sure is a trade off. Considering the MacBook as an upgrade to the MBA, this is a compromise I am not willing to take.
  12. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    But there are lots of USB-C hubs out there now. With a MacBook Air that picture above would still look like a mess, except that two devices would be plugged directly into it. If you want Ethernet, HDMI, or VGA, you are looking at an adapter even with the MacBook Air (let's face it, mDP never really took off).
  13. Krabba macrumors regular


    Oct 16, 2013
    Charlotte, NC USA
    Exactly. Mine is perfect for my intended and actual usage. I've not needed to plug a single thing in beyond the power cable since I purchased my '16 almost 2 months ago. I bought the Apple USB-C to USB adapter thinking I would charge my iPhone or use a thumb drive, but neither of those has happened yet.
  14. solaris macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    To each their own!

    Like Hellhammer, I've had my MacBook since April and still not hooked or felt for hooking it up to anything beside the charger and EarPods... Not once have I missed more than the one USB-C port.
  15. elf69 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    If i was to have one then an adapter would be fine.

    my only question is can you charge it AND use the usb port?

    if no then I personally would not buy it.
    I have used tablets i for years so used to adapters when needed.
  16. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Yes, you can charge it with the Apple Multiport adapters or with several third party adapter that have pass-through charging ports. It charges a bit more slowly since the adapter "shares" power with the other ports, but it works.
  17. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    People get very defensive about protecting their purchases, it is why I went for a MBPro 13 non-retina. I want my ports SD reader built in. Hate giving all up to just be thinner. Do not need a gazillion pixels per inch in retina. I need fonts I can read in Window 10 Pro!
  18. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    There's two things I plug in to mine. Well three if you include power.

    1, usb-c flash drive (sandisk)
    2, usb-c hdd (Samsung ssd)

    Neither require a hub.

    Video out... Apple TV
  19. Newjackboy macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2012
    I don't really mind the single USB c port on the macbook - what grates me is the fact that when buying apple's latest mac, you cannot immediately connect it to their latest flagship iphone 6s plus -

    To me, that just does'nt make any sense!!!
  20. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    LOL yeah I know it looks bad. But for those who need a thing and light versatile laptop that can run Windows and OSX, it is an awesome device, but that can be saved for a separate discussion.

    Some things about the attached photo:
    • Being in that situation sucks. Totally understand
    • However, not many people plug in their phones to their Mac while flying a plane, bus or train or at all
    • If I wanted to charge my phone, I'd have it connected to a powerbank instead of pulling out the laptop or keep it charged in my bag while I'm using the laptop
    • That USB-C dongle... yuck. However - it does have the advantage of being able to charge from almost any powebank giving travelers or those who work on the road a lot extra power
    • If you really hate it, there's always the Macbook Air or the Macbook Pro 13 with full sized USB ports that work great, but the tradeoff is that it's a little less portable and you have to carry a larger power adapter
  21. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    Thanks, that's the first time I have seen a photograph of anyone using an adapter in that situation.

    Apple is careful to avoid the word 'laptop' …
  22. evec macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2016
    This is no mistake for Apple profit.
    If you need ports get MBA / MBPr.
    If you need ports and retina - MBPr.
    If you just want one more ports or separated power / display output and MB portability - No or in future, get expensive MBPr.

    Next year or Next Next year when Apple happy or fall down:

    exchange your expensive MBPr to our new MACBOOK for big upgrade -
    one more USB ports, now you can connect power supply on one usb ports, and change your phone on next ports, just incredible;).
  23. dilutedq macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    Why would I plug in my phone to my macbook? I would plug it into the wall, or my desktop, or macbook pro. I have no intention to ever plug a usb stick, or phone into my macbook. That isn't what I wanted out of this. I've got a million other things I could plug it into.
  24. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    Buy the USB-C to lightening cable. Solved.
  25. toddzrx macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    Warning: I'm not a MB owner.

    That said, this photo only makes the person using the MB look (sorry) stupid. What on earth kind of work is he trying to get done that requires so much to be plugged into his MB at one time....on a bus??? Dude, plan ahead and make sure everything is charged overnight and ready to go in the morning. This pic almost seems staged for the purpose of making the MB look incapable or deficient because of the single port.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 22, 2016 ---
    I hope you realize that's self-refuting?
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