Why is APPL so obsessed with banishing Ports?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by zipur, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. zipur macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  2. thadoggfather macrumors 604

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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.
     
  3. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

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    They need to create the niche $79.00 adapter market somehow....
     
  4. SmOgER, Mar 9, 2015
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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.
     
  5. pasadena macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  6. zipur thread starter macrumors 6502

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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!
     
  7. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  8. pasadena macrumors 6502a

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    You don't need any cables for your glasses, papers and coffee :p
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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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.
     
  10. fisherking macrumors 603

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    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)...
     
  11. bniu macrumors 6502a

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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
     
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    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!
     
  14. Skylitfly macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  15. lo100469 macrumors member

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    .... then just don't buy it, there are plenty of other products for your need in the Air and 13&15rMBP range.
     
  16. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    You know what, I totally agree with you. I've had my rMB for about 5 days now and the only thing I've had to plug in was my iPhone to tick the wireless sync option. Since then I've used AirDrop to transfer files.
     
  17. iSheep5S macrumors 6502a

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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. :)
     
  18. seong macrumors 65816

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

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    I think if you HAD ports you would use them. Not much choice for you anymore.
     
  20. Arran macrumors 68040

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    Indeed. The goal is to not need cables for anything.
     
  21. JackRegan macrumors newbie

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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
     
  22. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    He said he hardly used the ports on his rMBP. Are you saying he's a liar?
     
  23. darngooddesign, Jun 10, 2015
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    Well we watch Netflix DVDs on our laptops.
     
  24. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    Also a nice reply.

    giggity, giggity . . . .LOL!
     
  25. thedeske macrumors 6502a

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    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 ;)
     

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