Sacrificing the Ethernet Port

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ice Dragon, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    I know it has been done with the Air though can it be done with the Pro and Mini and at what cost. Would Apple do it for thinness?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I hope not, I use the ethernet port. wifi's bandwidth comes no where near the speeds of gigabit ethernet.
  3. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    yes, they can do it. Maybe they invent something new, like a mini-ethernet port, to screw people up a bit more.

    For the Air it seems that one can use a Ethernet to USB adapter... the same will work on a Pro and any other computer ;)
  4. NeedMoreVideo macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Except that USB is is 400mbps (peak) and usually 1/3 of the sustained while Gigabit Ethernet is 1000mbps sustained sure...

    I could see them make it a thunderbolt dongle though in the future for the non-pro models.
  5. sunnyj macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2010
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    I use mine all the time and using wifi would be a huge step back in speed
  6. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    I'm not saying that it's a good idea to get rid of the ethernet port. But they removed it from the air, and if they really want to make the MBP thinner, then it will have to go.

    The next MBP is expected to have USB 3.0, since it's natively supported by the Ivy Bridge CPUs. So the speed wouldn't be a problem, unless they only give us one 3.0 port and you want to use it for an external HD.
  7. ray648 macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2008
    I could see them removing it from the macbook pro, but I don't think there is any way it will disappear from the mini any time soon. Ethernet ports make a lot more sense on desktops anyway and the laptop people will be able to get it via thunderbolt if they want to.
  8. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    I've been to places where WiFi is not an option, I definitely need ethernet. The MBP is thin enough, making it thinner won't squeeze it anywhere it couldn't go before. No need to remove any ports and achieve nothing.
  9. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    I hope not unless there is an alternative that works with Gigabit Ethernet. USB 2 Ethernet 100 Megabit adapter is not an alternative.
  10. negativzero macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2011
    MBP is a pro machine. Wouldn't make any sense to sacrifice performance for space, not to mention there isn't muh more you can save out of removing the Ethernet port. If I want to save space, I would have gone for an Air instead.

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