New MacBook lineup may ditch USB type-A ports


Grab you pitchforks folks! Apple is at it again. This time the company is rumored to be doing away with USB type-A ports from its new MacBook lineup. That’s right, your new MacBook may not be able to utilize the pile of USB type-A gadgets you have on your desk. External hard drives, printers, phones and just about anything else that has a type-A 3.0 or 2.0 connector won’t work. Apple is expected to replace type-A with USB type-C, which is far better than type-A but will also leave a lot of people having to buy adapters for their type-A gear.

The new MacBook is also expected to have Thunderbolt 3 ports and the MagSafe connector will also be buried in favor of USB type-C. The addition of Thunderbolt 3 and type-C is a welcome change but the exclusion of MagSafe and type-A may ruffle more than a few feathers. MagSafe has always been an excellent solution to charging and keeping your laptop safe from someone tripping over your cable. But as always, Apple will update their hardware with the technology they feel is future facing and you’ll either adapt or move on to something else.

Apple has also been rumored to be refreshing the new MacBook lineup with either an OLED top row keyboard or possible an e-Ink top row. This top row of keys is said to be remappable and possible show notifications from apps. The most interesting part of this story is the ditching of USB type-A as the amount of gadgets that use type-A is immense. This will mean more adapters and dongles in your life until you slowly start replacing type-A gadgets with type-C gadgets.

What do you think about Apple’s latest kill taking out USB type-A? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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Last Updated on January 23, 2017.


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