Apple is in a crusade. On the iPhone 7, she decided to smooth out the analogue audio connector which caused a huge stir among users. Less bad than this centuries-old beauty remains intact in other products such as iPads, iPods and Macs. Speaking of Macs, today Apple introduced the new MacBooks Pro and decided to kill some more technologies and resources that we users have learned to love.
MagSafe technology is amazing, and when it was introduced to the world by Steve Jobs (at Macworld 2006), it received well-deserved applause from the public. It is a magnetic connector that attaches to the notebook very simply and intuitively. If anyone happens to bump into the wire, you don't risk seeing your Mac kiss the floor.
Of course, the four new Thunderbolt 3 ports on MacBooks Pro are cool and deserve praise, especially since you're not stuck to a left-hand Mac port to recharge it (now any of the four Thunderbolt ports can be used for power. the battery of the machine). But that obviously has a price. The price of MagSafe. The price of beauty and the benefits of magnetism.
The 12 ″ MacBook was the first recent Mac to abandon the technology. But it is an almost conceptual computer. At least some hoped to see MagSafe return (or survival) on Apple's professional notebook.
Apple lit logo
In 1999 Apple launched the PowerBook G3, the first notebook with the company's bright logo on the cover. Time passed and this lighted logo became a cone.
In 2015, however, because of the lousy screen of the 12 ″ MacBook, Jony Ive was “forced” to discard this idea, using a stoned logo (without any backlighting). And now, with the arrival of the new MacBooks Pro, we seem to be facing a trend.
As soon as the MacBook Air is buried once and for all (the 11 ″ model is gone, now only the 13 ″ is missing), the Apple illuminated logo will also die.
11 ″ MacBook Air
As I commented above, the 11 ″ MacBook Air has been discontinued. And the 13 ″ s was not for one simple reason: Apple wants to continue offering a relatively affordable machine (under $ 1,000) for those who don't want to shell out $ 1,299 for a 12 ″ MacBook or $ 1,499 for a MacBook Pro. 13 ″.
I have no doubt that in a year ok, maybe two or three, after all the pace of updates of Apple Macs is very slow, when Apple can reduce the cost of production of MacBook 12 ″ and new MacBooks Pro And lowering their prices, the 13 ″ MacBook Air will also be buried.
13 ″ MacBook Pro with optical drive
I know a lot of you have this machine (including our copywriter Bruno Santana). In 2012, when it was released, it was incredible; In 2013 it was still a beautiful machine; in 2014, not so much; In 2015 we can already consider it not advisable for purchase; In 2016, my friend, it makes no sense for a top-notch company, brave enough to pull out the analogue audio connector on the iPhone 7, to keep such a machine for sale at a steep price.
It took a while, but this 13 ″ MacBook Pro died and now Apple has definitely buried the optical drive at least those built into the Macs, as it still markets the SuperDrive USB accessory.
Slot for SD cards
It's something that always crashes on my Mac but I love the idea of having it available: a slot for SD memory cards.
Is there anything more practical than taking a card out of your camera and plugging it directly into your computer? Or use the card to do a clean install of the Mac operating system? Well, say goodbye to those benefits and say hello to some adapter.
Physical keys of functions
The arrival of the Touch Bar can be seen in many ways. On the one hand, the benefits are undeniable: being contextual, the possibility of customization, support for multi-touch gestures are items that obviously weigh heavily in favor of Touch Bar; On the other hand, losing the Esc key and not always having some others (such as brightness and volume control) is definitely something that weighs against. Yes, it is true that if you press the Fn key on the keyboard, the Touch Bar automatically returns to default even if we are in an application that is using it. Still, you * have * to press a key to make it happen.
This is the future that Apple drew. It remains to be seen how long the physical function keys will still live on Macs even though Apple has introduced this news, it has also released a MacBook Pro without it just to make the product cheaper / competitive.
USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort
We have four ports on the new MacBook Pro, regardless of notebook size (13 ″ or 15 ″). And they are all the same: Thunderbolt 3.
The truth is that Thunderbolt 3 is the most versatile technology available today. It is twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2, combining data transfer, video playback and power recharging into one compact connector. And the integration of the USB-C port undoubtedly adds convenience and speed, resulting in a truly universal port.
Only we are not in the future yet. And today almost any peripheral you have uses a USB-A port, HDMI, DisplayPort, among other technologies. You are unlikely to pick up the accessories you have (or even new ones to buy now) and plug into your gorgeous new MacBook Pro without a headache. Well, if you buy an iPhone 7 you won't be able to plug in the MBP unless you also get an adapter or a Lightning to USB-C cable.
Ironically, if you buy a Pixel (Google) smartphone, you can plug it in smoothly on your Mac. 😝
Apple decided to "kill" these doors and put it all together in one. Makes sense. The only problem is that the world of peripherals is not yet ready for such a drastic change. Apple itself is not, as all of its products (iPhones, iPads, iPods) are currently sold with USB-A cables.
In the world of technology, we are always going through some transition. But I really don't remember any of this, where you just have to use adapters for (almost) everything.