Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Power Users and the New MacBook Pro

Adam Geitgey:

A million hot takes have been posted about how the late-2016 MacBook Pro with USB-C is the undeniable proof that Apple doesn’t care about developers anymore. They took away all the ports! No Esc key! It’s just a more expensive MacBook Air!

But in some ways, the new MacBook Pro is the most techy and expandable laptop Apple has ever made. They are trusting their pro users to wade into murky USB-C waters in search of the holy grail of a universal, open standard for moving data and power between devices.

The openness and interoperability of USB-C is fantastic, but I don’t see Apple changing over their iOS devices from Lightning at any point in the near future. In a fit of irony, that means that the benefits of USB-C are mostly apparent to users with Android phones and tablets.