OK, I've only just signed up to the forum, and I'm not trying to troll everyone. I've been reading this site prior and post apple 'hello again' event, waiting in high anticipation for the new macbook pro just like everyone else. And I went through some of the same feelings and thoughts of the negatives of the new macbook pro, including the lack of useful ports. But now I've changed my mind on the ports entirely. I mean these ports are the latest in technology, which will secure the future of peripherals and accessories in years to come, at blazing speeds. They are also of the USB standard, which pretty much guarantees it to be the next standard to be adopted by manufacturers at large, meaning high competition and cheaper prices on all sorts of peripherals and accessories. I specifically remember getting my late 2011 iMac without an SSD drive because Apple were charging a stupid price of £400 for one. But I was hoping the two Thunderbolt 1 ports that came with the iMac on the back, which were faster then SATA 3, would one day allow me to buy a cheap thunderbolt enclosure I could shove an SSD in, and boot my OS externally. Alas it never happened, and the reason why? Is because PC manufacturers didn't adopt Thunderbolt 1 like they did USB 3, hence there was no need to create competitively priced hard drives or accessories. The other thing that bugged me with my late 2011 iMac, was it came with USB 2 ports instead of USB 3 (which was heavily being adopted by PC's back then). If it had come with USB 3, I could literally be using an external SSD right now to boot my OS at decent speeds for a decent price. For example, just looking on Amazon right now, a 250GB SSD drive cost around £60-70. A USB 3 to SATA 3 cable cost £8.99 (which claims to be optimized for SSD). I.e. we have a total of around £70-80 for a fast external bootable hard drive. So here is a case where I definitely wish my iMac came with next gen port technology (USB3). Instead today, I ended up buying an external thunderbolt 250GB SSD off Amazon for £177! Yes 5 years of waiting for these prices, woopee! So that's my first point. USB is the most adopted standard. USB-C will become the next most adopted standard. This is good for prices and compatibility of future hardware. The second point, is it's currently the best thing you could get for ports in terms of bandwidth and size. Sure plugging in bulky ethernet and hdmi cables might be needed right now. But tell me, who wouldn't like it if all cables became as thin and as powerful as the USB-C cable? Thirdly it makes the macbook more tidy by getting rid of bulk! People complain about having to buy and carry around so many peripherals. But I just searched on amazon for a USB-C to HDMI adapter, and I found one that gives you 1 x HDMI port for 4k video, 2 x USB 3 ports, and an SD TF card reader! That's all the missing ports that were on the macbook pro 2015 (excluding the thunderbolt ports)! So tell me what's more tidy? Using the above USB-C adapter in the top left port of the new macbook pro, and then plugging all the peripherals into that adapter. i.e. only 1 cable plugging into your macbook pro. Or is it tidier to have multiple bulky cables connected to your macbook pro at once? And I'm sure we'll see an adapter in the future that has all of the above, as well as an Ethernet port, and input power to charge the macbook at the same time. Here's the adapter btw if anyones interested: www.amazon.co.uk/Benfei-Reader-Type-C-Charging-Adapter/dp/B01LYAKDDY/ So I know this post is long and boring. But I definitely think we should be celebrating the fact that Apple implemented this technology, and a technology that is guaranteed to be standardized in the future, meaning cheaper and more compatible USB-C devices (unlike thunderbolt 1 and 2 ports). Please stop thinking you're buying an expensive laptop with a lack of useful ports. Think of it as you're buying an expensive laptop, with the best ports you could want, the top next gen technology. High bandwidth. Small. Future proof. And are able to run many legacy ports through 1 adapter. Am I alone in my thinking, or does anyone else agree?