Apple might kill the USB port on its new MacBook Pro – Business Insider


skitch macbook pro usb port
Good night, sweet prince.
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Apple is launching its radical new MacBook Pro next week — and it
might be removing the traditional USB port.

That’s
according to a report from Japanese-language tech site
Macotakara
, which we
first heard about via Motherboard
.

The Californian technology company
is widely reported to be hosting a big event on October 27
,
where it is expected to announce a slew of new Macs — including a
radically overhauled MacBook Pro, its premium laptop.

Apart from spec boosts, the MacBook Pro hasn’t been significantly
altered in years.
But leaks and rumours suggests it’s getting a total redesign
,
including a crazy second touch-sensitive screen that will replace
the row of function keys at the top of the keyboard.

It’s expected to come with Touch ID, the fingerprint-reading tech
used in iPhones to let users unlock their devices with their
fingerprint. It may also be thinner than its predecessor,


Martin Hajek MacBook Pro Render5
An artist’s rendering imagining how the second screen
might look.

Martin
Hajek


The latest rumour via Macotakara is that Apple plans to ditch its
traditional USB ports and the MagSafe magnetic charging port
altogether — and replace them all with USB-C ports, like those
already found on the MacBook line.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman had previously reported this might
happen
, though it wasn’t clear whether it would replace the
MagSafe charging port too.

USB-C is faster than its predecessor — but the switch will cause
a headache for ordinary users, forcing them to replace old cables
or buy adapters. However, inconveniencing users is never
something that Apple has bothered itself too much about.

The company aggressively ditches standards that it thinks are
obsolete, from floppy disks to the CD drive. Most recently, Apple
has decided to try and kill off the headphone jack, removing it
from the iPhone 7 and forcing users to either go wireless or buy
a clunky adapter (there’s no indication that Apple plans to
remove the headphone jack from the MacBook Pro, however).

To be clear, this is a rumour right now: Apple almost never
discusses unannounced products, and we won’t know for sure until
October 27. But Macotakara has been right before:
Engadget reports that it was one of the first sites to
report
that Apple was planning to remove the headphone jack from the
iPhone 7.

The Japanese site is also reporting that Apple plans to
discontinue to 11-inch MacBook Air — but will release a new
13.3-inch model.

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