After more than 4 years of long wait, Apple introduced the new MacBook Pro line-up to the world, albeit with a long list of features axed from its shiny new devices. If you missed the action, here are 6 things Apple said goodbye to with the new MacBook Pro:
1. Traditional USB Port
The first in the list is the traditional USB port, which has been replaced with a USB-C port. And the MacBook Pro has four of them. While this may seem absurd to some, it makes perfect sense in the context that USB-C is the future. Hopefully, Apple’s strong influence will be laid on other competitors and they will follow suit.
The only downside is that you’ll require adapters for almost everything – including but not limited to traditional USB Pen drives and your (non-USB-C) Phone. This may be a deal breaker for some people, but you’ve to stomach the fact that USB-C is the new standard.
2. SD Card Slot
I bet every photographer’s heart skipped a beat when Apple announced that the new MacBook Pro comes without an SD Card slot. Apple’s Phil Schiller reasons that SD Cards sticks halfway out and most cameras have wireless transfers so there is little need to plug in the SD Card to your MacBook.
Yes, it does sticks halfway out. So? What’s the big deal about it? And not every camera in the market supports wireless transfer, especially if you’re an amateur photographer owning an entry-level DSLR. I cannot make enough sense on Phil’s reasoning.
3. MagSafe Charging Port
MagSafe — the magnetic charging connector that MacBooks have been using for a decade is now replaced with a USB-C charger. Oh my God, what did MagSafe ever do to you, Apple?
Every MacBook owner has a love story with MagSafe — ranging vividly from preventing the possibility of someone tripping over the cable and smashing your MacBook to the ground, to being able to plug-in correctly in the dark because well, magnets.
Apple advances without the MagSafe, and I’m sure every Mac user will miss this little innovation.
4. Charger Extension Cable
The Powder adapter extension cable, which provides extra length between the charger and wall outlet was included with every MacBook purchase for years. Apparently, some genius thought that Apple could make money out of it too and so Apple decided to ship the new MacBook Pro without it.
The power adapter extension cable is available as a separate purchase at $19. So, you have to shell out $19 extra from your pocket which was previously included in the box.
5. The Backlit Apple Logo is gone, too.
The signature glowing Apple logo was a pretty common sight at music parties, Starbucks – you name it. After more than 15 years of existence, Apple has decided to replace it with a plain glossy Apple logo. The light has indeed faded from the once-iconic brand. No, Literally.
6. Farewell, Start-up Chime!
Not every feature that Apple axed down made it to the headline. Here’s a small “feature” that existed since 1984 that is no more.
Anyone who’s ever owned a Mac probably remembers the first time they booted it up and heard that sound. Apple has decided to replace the start-up chime with umm…Silence. This is owing to the fact that the new MacBook Pro boots automatically when you open the lid, so Apple guessed booting up is going to be a frequent occurrence – and it doesn’t want to bother you with that chime every time you open the lid!
Is Apple’s decision to say goodbye to so many features justified? I’d like to hear your views in the comments.