USB-C vs Thunderbolt!What am I missing?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Freida, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. Freida macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    Hello guys,

    can someone enlighten me please?
    Why is there no thunderbolt port on the new macbook?
    I thought that thunderbolt was meant to be superior to USB as the new one goes to 20GBPs.
    What is Apple hoping for to happen and when do you guys see 15'rMBP?
  2. radioking macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2012
    Thunderbolt would have required the laptop to be thicker. I'm guessing that's the reason. The new MacBook obviously isn't aimed at people who require high performance and ports.
  3. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    I suspect due to the design and thinness of the new MacBook they couldn't fit a thunderbolt connection on it.
  4. technosix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2015
    West Coast USA
    Apple is caving in, getting soft in its later years.

    I was simply shocked that after gouging us for years of proprietary cables, they gave the nod to USB. Wonders never cease.
  5. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    The new macbook is not for intensive use.That is why there is no tb port or any other ports for that matter.
  6. Robstevo macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2014
    Thunderbolt is dead anyway, Only apple really uses it, and the fact their arent a lot of accessories for it and the ones that are out cost an arm and a leg due to lack of demand and the cost of using thunderbolt, leads me to believe it will forever be a very small demand and will be over taken by future USB standards.

    The fact USB type c can take care of power, data transfers, and display output like the Thunderbolt now, is even more reaosn why Thunderbolt will eventually bite the dust.

    USB 3.1 can also technically transfer up to speeds of 10Gbps, Which is more than enough and also will get better as each revision does.
  7. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    Yeah, I too think thunderbolt is on its last legs. The only problem is that apple has been selling a thunderbolt-only monitor for years and people have invested in thunderbolt devices. All those people soon might have a $1000 paperweight. I hope they find a way to make an adapter or something.

    I refused to buy thunderbolt-only devices from the start, assuming it would get dropped eventually. Safer to stick to more common standards like displayport and USB.
  8. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Two main reasons

    1. As mentioned above, TB is physically too large

    2. TB is far less practical on a machine like this. The industry support for USB-C will be much stronger, meaning that you are less likely to need adapters for most things.

    Keep in mind: this is a product aimed at user that values mobility and low footprint and does not need processing power. Which is probably the majority of computer users. If you need fast external storage etc. — this product is not for you. Its a small slick scooter for getting through dense traffic. Its not meant to haul building materials from a DYI store.
  9. Android300zx macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2012
    Reason #1: Fitting new port for smaller Macbook size.

    Reason #2: Money

    - People will need to buy a connector like hub most likely to be able to charge the Mac and connect external devices.

    - People will need to buy this said connector from Apple.

    - By the time the Chinese make their knock off cables at a fraction of the cost Apple would have made a killing on their proprietary cable.

    This is just my two cents.

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