So I had recently heard about the new MacBook Pro that had been announced at Apple's company event on Oct 27th, and I just have to comment on it. If you haven't heard, the new models were announced this month and they come with some "innovative" new changes. Sure, it boasts a beautiful screen, increase in performance and battery life and a cut down on weight, but at a drastic cost: its ports.
They've cut almost all the ports that have become a staple of computers in 2016. They cut the HMDI port, the SD card slot, and all of the USB ports in favor of 4 Thunderbolt ports (interestingly, they spared the headphone jack on the new models for now (but expect that to change soon)). Sure, Thunderbolt is much faster than USB, but I fail to see how that will become obsolete within the next year or so before they announce a new model. This just MASSIVELY inconveniences the consumer. Imagine you're a photographer and you use your MacBook Pro for all your photography needs. On previous models, when you'd want to put your pictures on your external hard drive you'd simply pop the SD card into your mac, plug in your hard drive, and get to work. Now for that same operation, you'd need two frickn adapters. I also know lots of people who use their laptop as a "desktop" when they get home, plugging in a mouse and keyboard and a monitor to it on their desk. On older models this wouldn't require any extra equipment, but now may require 3 adapters (assuming you don't plug in any external hard drives, USB headsets, etc.).
This is part of an ongoing love/hate relationship I've had with Apple since the introduction of Lion. They dropped Rosetta support for PowerPC applications, arguing that PowerPC apps were old tech. Fine. They then dropped native flash integration into their software to try and push HTML5 over flash. Fine. Then they dropped the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 to push wireless headphones, and now this. Don't get me wrong, HTML5 is better than flash, Intel based apps were better than their PowerPC counterparts, and Thunderbolt is faster than USB, but the world has not caught up yet. Meanwhile every researcher, photographer, student, teacher, and filmmaker will need to stop a meeting and go "wait, anyone got an adapter?"
So yeah, by Apple pushing Thunderbolt it may help begin the transfer away from USB and older ports to faster and newer tech, which is a good thing, but remember Apple and tech companies have a lot to profit from here. By forcing users to need peripherals to use their wired headphones on an iPhone 7 or just about anything on the new MacBook Pro, there is a lot of money to be made. To be honest I don't see revolutionary innovation, I don't see a company showing the world how computing is done right, what I see is a company whose motto was "think different", but in reality has the same mentality that has been the standard of businessmen since the beginning of civilization: screw the consumer if it means making a quick buck.