Macbook Pro flip-up Ethernet port?

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  1. kool9dog9 macrumors newbie

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    So, alot of people have seen the 9 to 5 mac picture of a new thinner Macbook Pro that doesnt have an Ethernet port. Do you thin that Apple would possibly put a flip-up Ethernet port like in the new Samsung Ultrabooks?
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  2. Smashnet macrumors newbie

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    It's not really a "clean and tidy" solution so I guess that this won't appear in the new macbooks.
     
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  5. Rizzm macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting. I actually think it's an elegant solution. They can't possibly drop ethernet; I undoubtedly wouldn't buy based on this prospect alone. I suspect that, like me, many use a notebook as a desktop replacement and require the most reliable and fastest connection possible.
     
  6. Free Ale macrumors member

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    Didn't Apple use flip open USB ports on prior MacBook Aird?
     
  7. Southernboyj macrumors 68000

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    On the first generations, yes.

    Although they quickly abandoned it. That is quite a thick "Ultrabook" btw. (the Samsung)
     
  8. KylePowers macrumors 68000

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    I'm sure they'll sell a USB 3.0 or TB adapter instead. Allows for a thinner design, saves money and space by not having to incorporate the adapter into the motherboard, plus they can overprice the adapter and profit.

    I wouldn't mind seeing a mini-ethernet solution, which then came with an adapter. But meh, who knows.
     
  9. Zeov macrumors 6502a

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    yup, and theres a reason they don't do that anymore ;-)
     
  10. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    I think Apple would much rather take the whining for dropping Ethernet than they would ship a laptop with that sort of connector.
     
  11. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    Because it prevented any USB device apart from one with an slim connector from being able to be plugged in. For anything other than Apple cables you had to use a unwieldy USB extension cable.

    With a drop down ethernet port there won't be any such issues since it's a standardized size.
     
  12. Rizzm macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, Apple isn't going to make to us carry around little dongles and adapters. Talk about being un-Apple.
     
  13. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Haha, yeah. Apple would never make people use dongles! Nor would they sell a wide selection of them, starting at $30, in an elegant white finish.
     
  14. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    I hope that's sarcasm.

    OP, they'll most likely make the 15" like the Airs with an Ethernet adapter. More people use wireless these days and if they actually ship them with 802.11ac draft (doubtful) it's even more reason to drop the ethernet port.
     
  15. TechieGeek macrumors member

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    Making it a flip-up isn't going to help make them any thinner. That's the only reason they would touch it :/ If you want a laptop thinner than the ethernet then the ethernet port has to go.
     
  16. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    1) Its ugly and looks like a PC
    2) They learned from the first MBA.
     
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    Hahaha i love this comment
     
  19. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    My dad had an old laptop with that, I'm not sure if it ever broke but it looked like it was about to fail every time it was opened. I'd rather not have to deal with that.

    Would still prefer a flimsy port to no port at all though.
     

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