Anyone else doesn't like that they switched back to Magsafe for the new Macbook Pros?
I preferred usb-c because of 3 reasons:
1) I could charge on both sides of the laptop, depending on the most convenient
2) I could use standard cables to share with other devices
3) Before I had 4 usb-c ports, when not charging, now I only have 3
You can still charge with usb-c and solve 1) and 2), but you lose 1 additional port and go down to 2 available.
What I don't understand the most is the big outcry a few years back when it was removed. I have been using laptops for 20+ years and not once did I trip on the cable, nor do I know of anyone that did it. Does it happen so often?
I am in agreement.
Initially when we purchased the late 2016 15"'s with Touch Bar I missed the MagSafe. However, I quickly came to appreciate the versatility to be able to charge on both sides of the laptop, as did much of my team. When travelling or at a presentation, you would be surprised how often a cable doesn't reach by just 10 inches.....
And while this is specific to our group, due to the quality issues with the late 2016 MacBook Pro's we allowed for the first time since the Titanium Powerbooks, specifically the Dell XPS. And I like the ability to use the same charging - one of the perks as a senior partner, I can rely on a junior to have a cable when I am out all day and caught short on power. One less thing for me to carry.
And I am upset with the loss of versatility - In all the presentations to date, I have had to connect to serial display video, and even a couple of times on Display port. I would estimate the need for HDMI is less than 20%. So, on a bad day, I have to use one port for charging, one port for a video, and sometimes a port of memory stick, copying, etc. And no port left to charge up the phone....
So, all of this led me last week to breakout the old laptop, ask IT to have the failed battery and keyboard replaced by Apple. Just for the record, it is the 5 keyboard, and I believe 4 battery. Not to mention second screen. However, the loss of versatility, ports I just don't use, and the DARNED notch have convinced me to use the old laptop for as long as possible. Not to mention now that I am on the move, I miss the backlit keyboard....specifically the ability to alter using keys.