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Killing Tools Before They are Ready to Die

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Before the iMac appeared in 1998, the back of a Mac was crowded with ports. Among them was an Apple Desktop Port for the keyboard and mouse, a Local Network Port to connect with printers, scanners, or other Macs, and a SCSI port for external storage. The iMac featured a couple of USB 1.0 ports. The floppy drive, a previously vital component of any Mac or PC, disappeared too. This was the first major source of what would become the Apple-led change to new technology, a history current reviewers continue to ignore.

The iMac design set off a considerable howling from critics, who felt the switch of ports and storage was the end of the world. Consider what a knowledgeable tech writer (ahem…myself) wrote at length in BusinessWeek:

Unfortunately, the very simplicity that makes iMac appealing to some buyers is a drawback for others. If you don’t have a lot of data or software on floppy disks and don’t need to use them to share information with others, you may never miss the floppy drive that Apple chose to leave off. But if you need removable storage, you’ll have to spend $150 for an add-on unit–and put up with an external drive and cable that makes a bit of a mess of the iMac’s elegance.

Apple’s choice of the new universal serial bus (USB) as iMac’s only way of attaching accessories allows owners to use the flood of devices designed for Windows 98–provided that the necessary Mac software is available. But current Mac printers will only work with the iMac through adapters, and existing external disk drives and scanners that use a regular Mac’s SCSI interface won’t work at all.

The biggest drawback of the iMac’s design is the lack of expandability. The only thing you can add inside the case is memory. While the iMac could benefit from an extra 32 megabytes of RAM, the difficulty of installation means that this job is best left to a pro. There’s no provision for a digital videodisk drive, though one could be designed as a substitute for the built-in CD-ROM. USB, meanwhile, is not fast enough for external hard drives or CD recorders. The 233-megahertz G3 processor is certainly fast enough to use with video editing software, but there’s no way to link your camcorder to the iMac.

Of course, the assumption that time was needed to meet the new requirements was correct, but the transformation was a lot shorter than most of us expected—and didn’t just affect the Mac. Intel had been doing everything in its power to force the adoption of USB for a couple of years, including on PCs where it was rarely used. Apple’s USB-only commitment help produce a conversion of printers, scanners, and storage devices for the common connection. Floppies, which were increasingly too small, fell out of use. Apple’s one mistake, a CD-ROM, was quickly surpassed by a DVD-ROM.

It took a long time to get rid of the old standards. Windows PC kept aged floppies, mouse and keyboard ports, and even RS-232 serial ports, for years. But they increasingly went unused as USB ports, CD-Rs, and the network replaced the originals.

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Apple kept making the same “mistake”. The company was lambasted for not including a replaceable battery and an SD storage card in the first iPhone in 2007. Samsung, in fact, kept criticizing the decision until this year, when it eliminated that key feature on the Galaxy S6. The iPad, introduced in 2010, was vehemently criticized for its lack of support for Flash video, a criticism maintained until a substitution of others overcoming the technical and security flaws of Flash led to its overwhelming replacement. And there was no shortage of complaints in the design of the MacBook Air, particularly the elimination of the RJ-45 ethernet port.

Given that history, there should be no surprise many reviews were critical of the elimination of traditional features on the new 12” MacBook. As Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal wrote:

But as ahead of its time as the MacBook is, there’s a slight problem: You have to use it right now. Here in 2015, the majority of us still require two or three ports for connecting our hard drives, displays, phones and other devices to our computer—not to mention a dedicated power plug.

It’s an improvement over the past, when critics argued that Apple decisions were perpetually out of line, by merely saying they are too early. In fact, Apple is likely to prove users will move along faster than critics think—and some of the changes will move on to other laptop designs.

I realize I found myself rarely missing the ports on my MacBook Air 13″. ((Cable-locking Kensington ports, found on earlier MacBooks, were probably left off the Air because the slot just didn’t fit. Kensington has now announced a shrunken slot and new locks, with Lenovo as the initial customer.)) With the MacBook Air, I think I plugged in a CD player a couple of times to load software that is now more likely to come as a download and I had a dongle to (rarely) connect to projectors. I never got around to buying an intended USB-to-ethernet dongle because I never actually needed a cable connection. The only thing I am likely to miss on the new MacBook is transferring photos to an external hard drive when shooting a lot of pictures with a real camera, but today that would be more likely to be sent to the cloud. If the rare occasion when I need a power and USB connection at the same time comes along, a multiport USB-C dongle will do the job. The $79 charge from Apple is steep, but I suspect some competition will come along for less.

I doubt my position is all that unusual. Most people who use computers don’t really need extensive features and, for those who need power or lots of internal storage or a big screen, the MacBook is not a good choice—nor was the Air. A major reason Windows PCs have retained features that are rarely used is that enterprise models, which also often shape the design of consumer products too, must comply with corporate feature component checklists to be considered. Features tend to remain on those lists for years after they are needed.

The MacBook will disappoint those who feel a need for features including multiple ports that can be used simultaneously. But those who discovered the virtues of the super-thin, super-light Air are going to find the new model even better.

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Steve Wildstrom

Steve Wildstrom is veteran technology reporter, writer, and analyst based in the Washington, D.C. area. He created and wrote BusinessWeek’s Technology & You column for 15 years. Since leaving BusinessWeek in the fall of 2009, he has written his own blog, Wildstrom on Tech and has contributed to corporate blogs, including those of Cisco and AMD and also consults for major technology companies.

919 thoughts on “Killing Tools Before They are Ready to Die”

  1. “…must comply with corporate feature component checklists to be considered. Features tend to remain on those lists for years after they are needed.”
    The corporate feature checklist has a lot to account for. I work in a large organisation (100,000+); one the one hand, our checklists are absolutely necessary to guarantee consistency of quality, to be able to delegate decision-making and to preserve knowledge. But, on the other hand, our checklists are the ultimate expression of inertia, conservatism and dysfunctional group think.
    Basing design on the wishes of corporate buyers with a checklist might be great to get into enterprise IT, but it also means that you will be the very last to discover that the world has changed (e.g. Blackberry ticked every box on corporate checklists when Android/iOS did not).

  2. Apple has continually pushed the technology forward in their products and that has resulted in inconvenience for their customers. But it means we benefit from better gear.

  3. People are conservative. They don’t like change and are skeptical of new things. Innovation tends to happen where you find pockets of people who exhibit this tendency less strongly. Perhaps by forcing people to accept change, starting with the original Mac and its mouse/GUI, Apple has created one such self-selected group, whereas the PC world, by indulging peoples’ desire for stasis, has done the opposite.

    I see the difference plainly every day on every tech site and message board.

    1. Very much agreed. Especially among those of us over 40 (or way over 40) I see many who have never altered basic habits of computing since the late 1990s. This is the same inertia and lack of curiosity that keeps products like Microsoft Office alive when there are many alternatives for most of the jobs it attempts to do.

    2. Yes, but it’s better (and more considerate of the user) to include both old and new during the transition. It also serves to be more transparent this way to convince the user of the new tools’ superiority, rather than shoving it down their throat.

  4. From the user point of view, it’s the user that should be killing tools, not the tool providers. Killing wanted tools are a disservice.

    1. Logically, Apple did not kill any of these things. They offered the user a choice of a product without these particular tools, but focussed on other additional benefits. As users learned that they did not need these tools in many, or most, circumstances, the other providers of these tools quit providing them and therefore they were the ones that served as the executioner, but only after Apple led the way and pointed out the evolved uselessness of all of their superfluous appendages.

        1. Not really. It’s choice. Priorly, you had no choice but to always have everything that was the general belief of being necessary. Apple presented a different point of view. The market always offers plenty of options for the general belief. Apple offers the choice of a new belief.

          No one forces anyone to buy Apple’s new belief. The market really does decide. It is NOT a disservice. And, there’s always the accessory market (often even supplied by Apple) if you want the Apple product but have an explicit need for the old technology. Apple generally also still offers other models of things with the missing technology, at least for awhile,

          It’s hard to move into the future without dropping parts of the past. It’s also often uncomfortable at first. But, Apple generally leads there. Many of the others get drug there.

    2. It goes both ways. Sometimes users are unaware of the long term benefits of a change. Those riding horses would have laughed at the early cars which broke down most of the time. Those who rode in trains would have sworn about not stepping into a plane. It is always those who want to venture out and try new things that convince others to change. That is how the world has been. Someone has to take the bold step to force technology in a new direction. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it backfires. It is a trial and error process. Fashion would never happen if users were to decide on dress code. Fashion triggers changes. Apple is a fashion company in the tech world.

      1. I don’t disagree. It’s better to transition though. Having everything not work suddenly is not service.

  5. > This was the first major source of what would become the Apple-led change to new technology, a history current reviewers continue to ignore.

    I don’t see how is it that they do? Everybody knows that Apple has done this before and it is mentioned in most reviews. How does it counter the argument that the device is ahead of its time?

    Everybody loved Macbook Airs eventually, but very few were happy with the original one. Slow as a turtle, hot as hell and very pricey to boost. And it took 3 years for it to become loved. Should reviewers recommend to buy a device because its future iterations are going to be cool..?

    Overall, it may be noble for Apple to go this way of course, as this Macbook is a good way to push USB-C ahead, which looks like a great thing for all. If they just added the new port next to the old ones, few would have bothered to use it, just as with Thunderbolt.
    However, the original Air was a nice prototype side-project that anybody could just ignore if not interested. This time, I’ve been waiting for years for Airs to go retina (or at least get a decent IPS screen), and now we’re 2 years without any notable updates and it starts to feel as if MBA is to be abandoned. It always feels awful when a company seems to be prioritising new customers over old ones.

    Also, original Air and iMac were dropping clearly dying tech. But it doesn’t look like charging your gadgets through your laptop is going to stop being real useful any time soon, especially when travelling (and now apple wants you to also have a watch to charge in addition to your phone and possibly other gadgets).

    1. I’m not sure the iMac is going away. Not growing, maybe shrinking a little, but still important. In any event, I’m about to buy one to replace my aging iMac. My technique is to use the iMac at home (my office) whenever it’s there, and travel when necessary with either an Air (about to be replaced by a MacPro 12) or an iPad. The thing Apple (with help from Microsoft and sometimes Adobe a bit) does best is sharing apps and content between Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

      1. I have an iMac as well, but that doesn’t change much of my views on the new Macbook.

        Imagine if Apple were to add a retina screen to 11.6-inch MBA. With smaller bezel, the screen would probably be practically the same size and the new layered battery would likely keep the battery life still higher than the Macbook 12. So you’ll have:
        – an ability to charge up to 2 other devices simultaniously with the MBA from 1 power socket.
        – an ability to use thumb drives or other peripherals at any time, even when charging.
        – separate MagSafe port preventing your laptop from flying. And also having a handy LED indicator to boost.
        – longer battery life.
        – considerably faster guts.
        – keyboard with better feel.

        And for the Macbook 12 you have:
        – .35 pound (18%) lighter
        – .16 inch (24%) thinner at the back end.

        So, are these 2 points really worth more than the other 6? The last 3 are rather minor, but I don’t think the other ones are.
        Maybe someday all of our devices will charge wirelessly from inductive chargers embedded into tables. But today, if you have a phone plus tablet/smartwatch/iPod/wireless headphones/whatever, not every hotel room will have 3+ power sockets for you. And if you’re travelling with somebody – it’s even worse. It’s funny actually that because of the charging situation, with ever growing number of little devices we can have, USB ports may be even more needed now than before, at least for travellers.
        Maybe someday laptops will actually safely hold on one charge for the whole day, and not just for 9 hours of light use, which turn into 5-6 hours if you’re doing heavy usage (or even just using Chrome heavy enough instead of Safari) or when your battery turns 6 months old. Until then, you’re very much likely to need to plug it during the day, and MagSafe is super handy for this. Without taking away your single port.
        Maybe someday all those people that have some files they want to show you from their thumb-drive will disappear, or all of their thumb-drives would turn USB-C.
        Maybe someday instead of using thumb drives, we’ll have a way of wirelessly transferring large files between 2 devices that would be fast, reliable and cross-platform.
        Maybe someday you’ll be able to connect external displays through USB-C. This could actually be great, with one port potentially connecting everything on the display and providing power at the same time, but not today.

        Another thing is, thought I haven’t seen the 12 in a store yet, but I suspect that its thinness may not even be something you’ll experience all that much. According to the specs, at the front edge, the one you’ll be seeing most of the time, it’s the same as MBA. I think it’s this tapered design that contributes the most to these laptops’ thin feel anyway. Air’s max thickness is actually almost the same as the Macbook Pro’s, but it feels massively thinner from the front. So for the most part, the extra thinness is just for people around you looking at it from the side. And you won’t carry it in your hands all that much since it’s not a tablet after all.

        It may be that the best feature of the new Macbook is the new color options, which make the thing look fresh.

        So considering all this and the lack of updates on MBA, the bad feeling I get about this macbook is how it looks like just a way to sell an iPad for $1300+. In multi-core performance it’s literally the same as iPad Air 2. But if you’re not up for switching from OS X and are used to Air’s thinness, you’re kind of pushed into this thing. With Jony Ive telling us “our goal isn’t to make money”, but “to make great products”. Before, it totally seemed like that was the case, which is one of the reasons I bought ton of Apple gear through the years. But apart from a very niche Mac Pro, this Macbook and Apple Watch are the only major new products Apple has made since Steve’s death. And both have a bit too much of a corporate money-making feel about them than I used to see from Apple.

        1. There’s a phrase you used a few times that actually addresses all your issues: “Maybe someday”. Products like the new MacBook are how you get to “someday”. This isn’t new, Apple has been pushing forward like this and pissing off customers for decades. Just giving some historical perspective in case you’re younger and think this is some new behaviour from Apple.

          1. Please read my original comment above. The main point is that it’s perfectly fine for reviewers to not recommend this Macbook. Why should you buy it if the model that would work for you will be out only years later, unless you’re eager to make sacrifices for this hypothetical ‘greater good’ or just like the feeling that you’re in the future or something?

            And the thing is, even if Apple did update the MBA with a retina screen, there would still surely be a ton of people who’d buy the new Macbook just for the looks and to show off. As well as some people for whom it would actually be totally working. And I believe these would have been enough to push that ‘someday’ forward anyway, no need to abandon MBA for this.

            Again, original Air, while it looks like it was much worse than this new macbook, was quite ok at this, as it was a completely separate new device for enthusiasts ready for some beta testing. This new macbook is now Apple’s only attractive ‘ultrabook’, considering that Air’s TN screen is just such a pain to look at at this day.

          2. It’s not about any imagined greater good. Apple has a roadmap and products like this are another step along the path. Come along if you like, or take a different path. But Apple does have a plan.

            Consider that the products Apple is making now, Jobs was talking about in the 80s. I’d say it’s a pretty good bet Jobs had a roadmap roughly in mind for the next couple decades.

          3. So, it’s not for the greater good, but for the good of Apple then? How Apple’s roadmap has anything to do with whether anyone should buy this product today?

            Apple has a plan. So buy it. Now.

            It will probably be quite painful for you, but Apple has done this before. So buy.

          4. “So, it’s not for the greater good, but for the good of Apple then?”

            Not quite. Apple has a direct profit relationship with their customers. The better Apple serves its customers the more profit it makes. That’s called profit motivation. When profit motivation is strongly aligned with customer satisfaction, that’s normally good for consumers.

            Of course Apple is more than just products, Apple provides a vertically integrated, curated ecosystem, which in turn delivers a user experience that resonates strongly with the premium consumer segment.

            Apple knows better than you (or me) who its customers are, and I doubt very much that Apple would release a product that doesn’t serve those customers well. Not all products are for all customers though, this new MacBook is obviously meant to serve a subset of Apple customers (for now). But in a big picture way, it is another step forward in the abstraction and simplification of the computer.

          5. “Not quite. Apple has a direct profit relationship with their customers. The better Apple serves its customers the more profit it makes. That’s called profit motivation. When profit motivation is strongly aligned with customer satisfaction, that’s normally good for consumers”

            Hold on for a sec there, I don’t quite get it. Are you saying that we should buy Apple stuff because the more profit they get, the more satisfied we will be? They are the richest company in the world. They don’t need your help anymore. Better spend that money on something like Kickstarter, or actual charity. And if you buy a macbook that doesn’t quite work for you, you give Apple reason to believe that it does.

            Notably, Apple execs are known to position themselves as *not* having profit as their main motivation. Although it does seem like that time may be ending.

            “Apple knows better than you (or me) who its customers are, and I doubt very much that Apple would release a product that doesn’t serve those customers well”

            Like they never did that before. Original Air, buttonless iPod Shuffle, round Puck Mouse… Apple’s not perfect. And they are not exactly known for listening to their customers. Which is frequently a great thing. But not always. And honest and reasonable reviews are supposed to help you to not waste your money. People that are just telling you Apple did this before or simply that it’s the future will not.

            Buttonless Shuffle is a very fitting example by the way. In theory it looked exactly like a thing from the future, almost like in Her movie where technology fades into background. A tiny little thing that doesn’t draw your attention since it doesn’t have anything on it and that talks to you with voice. Yet it turned out to be an awful step backwards.

            I think “I doubt very much that Apple would release a product that doesn’t serve” is purely a fan’s standpoint. Same could be said about any other company you’re a fan of. Which is perfectly fine, of course. And Apple does have perhaps the best track record in the industry. If that’s all you need to buy their products, that’s your choice. But people doing product reviews, people that others look to for advice, should be more objective.

          6. “Are you saying that we should buy Apple stuff because the more profit they get, the more satisfied we will be?”

            Nope. That’s not how profit motivation works. This isn’t what I said.

            “And if you buy a macbook that doesn’t quite work for you, you give Apple reason to believe that it does.”

            People who don’t find value in the new MacBook won’t buy it. Apple isn’t actually magic, they can’t make people buy things they don’t want.

            It’s a subtle point to articulate. You’re right that Apple has made mistakes. That is inevitable when you’re pushing forward. And you are correct that reviews should be objective.

            What you’re missing (it seems) is that some people will love the new MacBook. Apple is betting that it will be a significant number of people. Objective reviews should also recognize this.

            Time will tell who is right on this. The new MacBook will either sell well, or it won’t and it’ll join the puck mouse in the dustbin.

          7. “Nope. That’s not how profit motivation works.”

            Yep, and I don’t think that it has much to do with product’s evaluation.

            “People who don’t find value in the new MacBook won’t buy it. Apple isn’t actually magic, they can’t make people buy things they don’t want.”

            Sure they can. Despite the fact that I totally don’t want this one-port super-slim future now, I myself might end up buying one simply because my Air’s screen is just starting to make me want to throw up.

          8. If you don’t want it, don’t buy it. I’ve never purchased anything I didn’t want, even from Apple. Every product has trade-offs of course, but I look at the job-to-be-done, does the product help me do the thing I want to do. If yes, I buy it. I try not to get lost in the weeds of the odd missing feature. Often I find I never really needed the feature that went away.

            The question is, do you need more ports, or do you need a slim light laptop with a great screen, new keyboard, and a force touch trackpad?

          9. How about ports, retina screen, better keyboard, bigger battery, MagSafe, force touch trackpad (don’t care about this one actually) and better perfomance in a body that’s just as slim from the front? The reason why this macbook doesn’t exist? Right, profit motivation.

          10. The new 13 inch retina MacBook Pro is darn near spot on for you then. But some of the things you want mean it can’t be as thin as you might like. Otherwise that new MacBook Pro looks to be an excellent fit for you. Maybe buy that instead of the MacBook you don’t want.

          11. Nope, I much prefer 11 inch size. 11-inch is seriously more compact than 13. And Air feels super slim due to its tapered design. Years of enjoying these 2 things make switching to a Pro like going ages back. I think I’d only consider a Pro in the role of my main and only PC. But for now I do have an iMac which is better for heavy duty anyway.

          12. “But some of the things you want mean it can’t be as thin as you might like”

            Which ones? All I listed was basically current MBA with new Macbook’s screen and sliced battery tech.

          13. Given that Apple loves thin devices, if the new 13 inch MacBook Pro could have been thinner, it would have been. Chances are the next MacBook Pro will be the device you’re looking for. Or the next Air. But these things become possible because of devices like the new MacBook. For now, that device isn’t for you, but many people will love it for the same reasons you don’t want it.

          14. Pro is thicker due to quite seriously hotter and battery-hungry components. So it needs both additional cooling and battery. Plus it can pack more RAM and SSD storage. Pro’s processor alone is 28w compared to Air’s 15w. New macbook’s seems to be 6w. But plenty of energy saving in the new macbook also comes from the new screen, which apple says is 30% more efficient. So the new screen and the new battery should fit perfectly in there. Air is in the middle in terms of power and volume for battery. Doesn’t make much sense for it to not have a retina screen when 2 other ones do.

            Currently Air 11’s battery capacity of 38Wh is almost the same as the new macbook’s 40Wh and all of its battery is right at the shrinking side. Surely the new terraced battery would compensate enough for the difference in guts’ power consumption.

            Maybe I’m missing something here, but it seems more likely that this simply might have made the new higher-margin macbook not attractive enough. I think even in that case it would still sell very well though. But obviously Apple would prefer us all to switch to the new one. For profits.

          15. No, Apple wants you to buy the device that satisfies you. The better Apple is at satisfying customers, the more profit they make. That’s how a profit motive or financial incentive works. Your understanding of profit motivation is backwards.

          16. You’re looking at it in a very idealistic way. Profit motive is exactly the thing that puts company’s interests ultimately before anyone else’s, including the customers. If customer’s satisfaction rate aligns with company’s interests, that’s good, but it doesn’t have to. Profit motive is just optimizing for making as much money, e.g. selling as many products at as high margins as you can. Remember Microsoft? They put profits first and were the most profitable IT company for a long time, while never caring all that much about creating the best product. They were a monopoly. And monopoly is one example of profit motive at work – company not caring about anyone else but themselves. Which is their right, but I don’t think it is something very attractive. Pushing your customers to higher-margin product because “the future!” looks like a move from that ball pack, even if subtle.

            The way I see it, Apple stood out by putting product quality ABOVE profit motive. Back in the days, they made super expensive macs that few could afford but which were worth every penny you paid, at least if you were a pro user. They had practically undeniably best value. What is sad (to me) about Apple of today, is that now they do sell in massive numbers and their target audience have changed. From professionals using their macs to the maximum all day long, their main target has switched to ordinary people using them mostly just for facebook and instagram. To me, being a pro user, satisfaction rates don’t mean much when they are coming from those people. Heck, they may even be upside down.

            And at this stage value becomes shadowed by perceived value. Apple of today buys Beats. Given that Apple is the largest headphone seller in the world (through iPods/iPhones), it made sense for them to buy some of the serious headphone manufacturers for quite a long time. And they bought Beats. Whose headphones are pretty much universally regarded as overpriced crap by the HQ audio community. Yet they dominate the premium headphone market. By spending most of their money on advertising and product placement so that people would buy the same headphones they’ve seen their favorite celebrity with. Kind of what Apple does with watch now. And I don’t think their sat rates are that low, because they target audience is just not very high on the subject. You could say that Apple bought them for music subscription business, and I’d say Apple of old probably wouldn’t want to be even associated with those guys.

            But today they are not lead by Jobs and Forstall, but by Cook and Ive and things are changing.

          17. “If customer’s satisfaction rate aligns with company’s interests, that’s good, but it doesn’t have to.”

            Yes, I said this already. Apple is strongly aligned with the satisfaction of their customers. Apple has a direct relationship and strong financial incentive to serve customers well. Of course it is obvious that profit motivation can work against customers, but this is not the case with Apple. As long as Apple makes money by selling you a device, they will be motivated to keep you satisfied and well-served, and given the premium segment Apple dominates, that will mean staying focused on quality.

            “To me, being a pro user, satisfaction rates don’t mean much when they are coming from those people.”

            I’m always suspicious of people who call themselves power users. I work with a number of programmers, all of which have their Masters degree or better in Comp Sci. Those are power users. Normally when people say they are power users, they really aren’t. They’re people who like to tinker and fiddle with their gear, they are hobbyists.

            “And they bought Beats. Whose headphones are pretty much universally regarded as overpriced crap by the HQ audio community.”

            I would guess most headphones that sell for a few hundred bucks are overpriced for the quality. Probably good enough for your average audiophile poseur who can’t tell a sharp from a flat though. As a musician who has done a fair amount of studio work, I think audiophile arguments are hilarious. The first step in appreciating music is actually knowing something about music. I can get more out of my $80 Vic Firth practice headphones than most people can out of a $1,500 set of Sennheisers.

  6. The only criticism I have of the new MacBook is my mobile children, ideal MacBook customers, travel a lot and use their MacBook Airs to charge their iPhones and iPads. In their use case a USB-C on both sides of the new MacBook would have been perfection.

    I applaud Apple’s forward thinking, especially since they continue to provide older style solutions for today, but it is hard for me to see a time in the next decade when any user wouldn’t appreciate having even one USB port available while running their laptop off AC power.

    My prediction is that a two USB port MacBook will happen.

  7. VGA? Ahhhhhhhhh Enterprise Die Die Die

    Enterprise and Educational projectors…
    Why do many of the people booking the rooms not know their projectors connectors or resolutions?

    That’s why many PC laptops come with both VGA and Hdmi ports?

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