Apple took a bold step by removing the conventional 3.5mm headphone jack from its new iPhone models. Now, the company seems to have continued the trend of replacing the conventional connectivity options with the launch of its new MacBook Pro. However, in doing so, company has removed one of the things that helped the company develop its reputation in terms of design – the MagSafe connector.
The company announced on Thursday at its MacBook Pro launch event that MagSafe 2 charging port on the laptop has been replaced with a Thunderbolt 3 port. The most obvious advantage of this replacement is that the new MacBook Pro can be charged from any of its four Thunderbolt 3 ports. MagSafe charging port, due to its magnetic attachment, prevented the laptop from being yanked if the charging wire was pulled upon.
The new MacBook Pro models comes with four Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB Type-C ports that have replaced the functionality of most ports that were present on previous version of MacBook Pro. The USB Type-C ports act as replacements for the HDMI port, standard size USB port, SD Card slot, and Thunderbolt 2 ports. Surprisingly, the company did not decide to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack on the new version of MacBook Pro.
In order to make its devices slimmer, over the time, Apple has tried to experiment different connectivity options. Provided the compact size and faster transfer speeds on USB Type-C ports, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that company is aggressively pushing it into mainstream usage.
It seems highly unlikely that the company will ever consider bringing MagSafe port back as the USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports are more compact and utilitarian. However, its contribution to the company is likely to be remembered by more than just Mac vs PC advertisements, where it gave the edge to the Cupertino company.