Apple is incredibly influential. By adding USB-C ports, Apple will have the industry supporting USB-C en masse. BUT, if Apple had included even a single USB-A port, the industry would have seen that USB-A was still an option -- and stuck with it. MacBook Pro's only use USB-C -- guess we need USB-C supported hardware. USB-C is probably a bit more expensive to support; and, therefore, wouldn't be anyone's first option. If Apple had even a single USB-A port, everyone would have continued with business as usual. Also, the rabble on MR would have just bitched that there was only one USB-A port. There's been Thunderbolt connections for YEARS -- but, next to the TB2 connection was a USB3.0 port. Hardly anyone supported the TB2. TB2 is MUCH better than USB3, way faster, works over 100's of feet (optically), etc.. But, no one supported it -- and why bother? There's a USB port millimeters away. This time, Apple wanted to be SURE that they could put the nail into USB-A. They just simply removed it. Like the Floppy before it, and the CD/DVD too, the old USB port is dead. Apple's done us a huge favor. They've helped move the goal posts to where they should be. Yeah, it's painful right now, but in a year or two, USB-A will be a distant memory. Thank goodness.