Is Apple Forcing us to Purchase USB C Devices?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MonicaHwang, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. MonicaHwang macrumors newbie

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    Apple has removed the traditional USB ports on the MacBook Pro, and the MagSafe charging port, and replaced them all with USB-C/Thunderbolt ports. Does that mean everyone who orders a MBP must buy a usb c adapter?

    If you hate the C port, comment "1";
    If you like the C port, comment "2".
    Just curious about how you guys think of it.

    Will casually pick up 2 comments and send you guys my spare MBP cases, stand and other little gadget.
     
  2. killawat macrumors 65816

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    USB-C devices, no, unless you count the required dongles and adapters for your situation.

    But Apple this is not new for Apple. They shaved off ethernet in 2012, got rid of VGA in 2002. Variations of dvi/mini DVI and displayport afterwards.

    It is the ultimate flexibility with varying degrees of inconvenience depending on what you're trying to do.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    I would love it I am in no need of a new computer at the moment but I can't wait to have one port that does it all when I do. For a few quid on cables I can connect any of my peripherals to any port, brilliant. TB3 for a dock is also fantastic enough bandwidth for a huge amount of stuff over one cable can't be argued with either.
     
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  5. MonicaHwang thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yah, good point. That is exactly the same as what Apple 's claimed on Macbook Pro 2017. Apple is leading the trend.
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    lol thanks bro
     
  6. bartvk macrumors 6502

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    Yes. There are a couple of mitigating circumstances.

    @killawat was right in that you can simply swap cables

    Plus USB-C-to-USB adapters are incredibly cheap, 5-6 bucks:
    https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=13005

    And finally, lots of Apple peripherals already use Bluetooth.
     
  7. MonicaHwang thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It seems many of you are using cable, what do you think of those dongle and hubs?
     
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    99.9% of your usb devices can be used with either a dongle or cable swap.

    Like when you buy a printer you have to buy a cable. Now you just buy usb c not a.

    Simples
     
  9. MonicaHwang thread starter macrumors newbie

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    that is cheap enough thanks
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    hmmm...I just talked to one of my Apple enthusiast friend on Facebook and he told me he hates C port lol. He considers it a commercial trick lol
     
  10. Ries macrumors 68000

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    I don't think anyone hates USB-C, we hate Apple didn't include just a single USB-A port on the Laptop line while almost every USB device outthere is USB-A. That greedy company didn't even include an adapter well knowningly, that they still are going to ship future device with USB-A cables and not USB-C.
     
  11. MonicaHwang thread starter macrumors newbie

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    exactly!!!
     
  12. Samuelsan2001, Jun 16, 2017
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    Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Then he's not thinking straight its the new standard and the only way to include TB3, there are excellent design and engineering reasons for using only USBc / TB3 ports. just because he doesn't understand them doesn't mean they aren't there.

    A commercial trick is putting in pointless fat old legacy ports in because people don't want to spend $20 on a few new cables (when they have just spent $2000 on a new computer) and hate change.
     
  13. iVikD macrumors regular

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    Definitely on board with the USB C changes. I have several USB C devices that I can now charge with the same cables. What I use the most, however, is a 32GB USB C/USB A double-ended drive that I use to transfer files between all my devices. It's great being able to put some songs or whatever files on it and then plug it into my phone and have access to them right away. Granted, I now have a small bag of dongles, but it's not too uncomfortable to carry it around.
     
  14. IllIllIll macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought a 2-pack of these. Small and unobtrusive. No problem.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. jerryk macrumors 68030

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    It is not a big deal. Other companies (Samsung, LG, Dell, etc) are already switching over to USB C on their products. They want the smaller size connectors, increased functionality, and TB3 compatibility option.

    The biggest shame is that Apple used the Lightning on the latest iPhone. They should have switched to USB-C. Hopefully they will with the next gen iPhone.
     
  16. hallux macrumors 68020

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    Yup, and Dell's business laptops (Latitude) are now losing the drop-in dock connection and going exclusively to a USB-C dock/port replicator. They are not charging through that connection, or there is at least a regular charge port to go with it.
     
  17. addictzz macrumors 6502

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    People hate that they HAVE TO spend another $20 when they just spent close to $2,000 for a new computer. People expect that these kinds of ubiquitous port to be provided while they are still relevant.
     
  18. BoxsterRS macrumors member

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    "2"

    USB-C is going to be the future universal connection. Adoption of new tech is always expensive. Eventually it will probably be cheap dongles and cables.
     
  19. jerryk macrumors 68030

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    The Dell XPS 15, and I assume the XPS 13, charge via either the dedicated charging port or via USB-C connected to appropriately powered dock/charger.
     
  20. hallux macrumors 68020

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    I imagine the Latitudes will as well (I believe the Precision M5510 did as it used the same dock as they're selling for the Latitude) but until I see it in person I won't know.
     
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    Man, you would have hated the 90s when apple eliminated serial, parallel, and scsi. USB was a niche connector before that and so associated with that one move, many early USB devices are translucent blue
     
  23. William Payne macrumors 6502a

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    Apart from maybe something with a hardwired cable or a usb thumb drive. Everything is plugged in via a removable at both ends cable. All you need to do is buy the cable that will fit the ports it needs to plug into. If by chance you can't change the cable then you need an adapter.
     
  24. ZapNZs macrumors 68000

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    Is Apple forcing us to purchase USB-C devices? Yes - either new devices, new adapters, or new cables.

    I would have preferred one USB-A port and a SD card slot. However, going to all-USB-C is far better than not adopting USB-C at all (especially in regards to a system that is known for sporting a long service life.) USB-C can do what USB-A can, but USB-A cannot do what USB-C can. USB-C will eliminate the need to have 3, 4, or 5 different USB derivative cables. It will also extend the durability of cell phones, tablets, external hard drives, and other portable devices that have historically used a USB port of terrible durability.

    USB-C is going to become one of the most significant tech developments in a long time IMO. Apple absolutely should, in my opinion, adopt USB-C on the iPhone. It may have the same plug-unplug cycle rating as Lightning, but USB-C is unquestionably more robust. Lightning is the very legacy technology that USB-C is intended to replace.
     
  25. MonicaHwang thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yup, USB C is the trend. Some of Samsung's notebook, Google Chromebook and even Huawei Matebook adopt USB C now.
     

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