Why is APPL so obsessed with banishing Ports?

zipur

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I don't get it. I like my ports, I don't like hauling around a variety of add-ons. I bugs me enough to have to carry a DVD drive. And yes I still need it from time to time. But has I've weaned myself away from the DVD to the Mini SD cards. Now with the new Air and just one port. I just don't get the marketing for One port? Come On.
 

thadoggfather

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I agree, this might be a deal breaker for me.

using one cable to charge and for connectivity and to use a hub or something on the go, yikes.
 

SmOgER

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When you look more closely at the design, the side to side keyboard without overhang makes it impossible to have any ports on the sides without the plugs penetrating the keys mechanism. That one usb-c port and headphone jack, are both in the small available space in the corners 'above' the keyboard.
 
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pasadena

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It's not marketing. It's compromise - it was either the ports, or the size of the chassis / size of the keyboard / size of the bezels.
 

zipur

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I do love the advertised batter life but I can see myself at the airport with an Octopus of cables spread all over.
Then the Boarding Announcement comes an as I get up the Laptop, Iphone, Glasses, Papers and Coffee are spewed across the terminal while my 240lb body falls on an elderly nun. Hey this new design is a safety hazard!
 

SmOgER

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It's not marketing. It's compromise - it was either the ports, or the size of the chassis / size of the keyboard / size of the bezels.
Kind of, yes. But it's still sad that they didn't fit a 13" inch LCD into this chassis just to avoid potential product cannibalization. The compromise on ports would have made much more sense then since it would be virtually bezel-less all around.
 

pasadena

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I do love the advertised batter life but I can see myself at the airport with an Octopus of cables spread all over.
Then the Boarding Announcement comes an as I get up the Laptop, Iphone, Glasses, Papers and Coffee are spewed across the terminal while my 240lb body falls on an elderly nun. Hey this new design is a safety hazard!
You don't need any cables for your glasses, papers and coffee :p
 

GGJstudios

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I don't get it. I like my ports, I don't like hauling around a variety of add-ons.
Then products like the new MacBook are not for you. Apple will make what they think the majority will buy. No product is going to appeal to everyone, so buy what works for you and if Apple doesn't make it, buy from whatever company does.
 

fisherking

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Then products like the new MacBook are not for you. Apple will make what they think the majority will buy. No product is going to appeal to everyone, so buy what works for you and if Apple doesn't make it, buy from whatever company does.
also, there are now more choices than there's been in years: the air, the macbook, the pro.

i look forward to the day when these variables all wind up in one laptop. but for now, apple has some provided great options (and, as always, at 'apple' prices)...
 

bniu

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I used to want a ton of ports too, and an optical drive, but now I'm quite happy with wireless everything and I only plug in when I'm done so I can charge the battery up while I go do something else
 

Newtons Apple

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I don't get it. I like my ports, I don't like hauling around a variety of add-ons. I bugs me enough to have to carry a DVD drive. And yes I still need it from time to time. But has I've weaned myself away from the DVD to the Mini SD cards. Now with the new Air and just one port. I just don't get the marketing for One port? Come On.
All I can think is that it is Apple's road to thin. We watched the 6 loose structural integrity for the sake of thin and now they decide to strip out the ports to make the MB thin.

Enough of the thin, I do not want to lose useful features just for thin!
 
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Skylitfly

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I don't get it. I like my ports, I don't like hauling around a variety of add-ons. I bugs me enough to have to carry a DVD drive. And yes I still need it from time to time. But has I've weaned myself away from the DVD to the Mini SD cards. Now with the new Air and just one port. I just don't get the marketing for One port? Come On.
No offense, but I have to ask do you seriously still use DVD drive? For what?

I haven't used my ports on my 15" rMBP at all. Well, I've used USB thumb drive like twice during the time I've had this machine. Otherwise I do everything wirelessly. I find ports simply useless.
 
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iSheep5S

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Just hopped in my time machine and here is what i saw.

A news report, "Although ahead of its time, Apple was the first to make everything truly wireless. Now, of course, everything is fully wireless. Even charging."

A cable free existence. :)
 

seong

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It's for the better future.
Or, at least, make it arrive faster.
 

Newtons Apple

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No offense, but I have to ask do you seriously still use DVD drive? For what?

I haven't used my ports on my 15" rMBP at all. Well, I've used USB thumb drive like twice during the time I've had this machine. Otherwise I do everything wirelessly. I find ports simply useless.
I think if you HAD ports you would use them. Not much choice for you anymore.
 
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JackRegan

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It's just a matter of changing your workflow.

Previously when I wanted to share a file/document with someone I would burn them to disc and hand it to them. When USB memory sticks became more common they in the main replaced my need for CD/DVD's.

Now internet allowing when I want to send someone a file/document or program I just send them a link to download it from either my Cloud storage or my server.

There are the odd times when I need to use a memory stick and that's when the adapter comes in handy, but in the main I'm able to manage. I do think we need to see better USB-C adapters tho.

Jack
 

thedeske

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also, there are now more choices than there's been in years: the air, the macbook, the pro.
Bing! Guess people want them all the same, and yet different? Who knows

Never liked the "Two Kinds Shrimp" at the local Chinese, but "Three Kinds"
might work ;)