After Jack, Apple says goodbye to USB ports

After Jack, Apple says goodbye to USB ports


Keynote ā€“ There is not only the iphone 7 that will make unhappy after giving up the jack for headphones. The new MacBook Pro also separates from two connectors that we thought were essential: the USB sockets and especially its loading.

No, don’t tear your hair! If you crack for the new MacBook Pro that Apple has just announced, you will need to switch back to the cashier to be able to connect your “old devices”. Starting with the iphone 7. And the latter must, tonight, feel less alone with his burden of the technological revolution misunderstood.

After giving up the headphone jack on the iphone 7 at the price of lightning (or Bluetooth) in order to end an outdated technology, Apple separates from the standard USB ports on its latest MacBook Pro. Instead, the Apple brand chose to integrate USB-C ports (Thunderbolt 3) as it had already done last year with the MacBook, and as are also doing Huawei or Nokia for smartphones, Asus and HP for Chromebook.

A much faster flow

To connect your iphone 5 and more, you will need to invest in a new cable if you plan to recharge it on your MacBook Pro. And even if you wanted to use your USB sticks and other such fittings. You can put them in the cupboard if you do not invest in an adapter.

Good news In contrast: Unlike the 12-inch MacBook, this time the MacBook Pro has four ports for models with touch Bar (two on the 13-inch without touch bar). They have the advantage of allowing the charging cable to be connected to the desired side of the computer. Because reloading its MacBook will also go through this jack, Apple also saying goodbye to its magsafe socket which has been providing power for years in a loving way. Exit also the Thunderbolt connection that allows faster file transfers. The new USB-C sockets now ship this technology and their throughput is highly improved (40 GB/s vs. 5 GB/s for USB 3.0), capable of easily managing the new USB 3.1 standards.

Many advantages of USB-C

The first gain is obviously of size. The USB-C ports are much less thick, as is a Micro USB 2.0 plug. The MacBook Pro undoubtedly holds its finesse (14.9 mm for 13 inches, 15.5 mm for 15 inches). This is probably why more and more smartphones, tablets and laptops are being put in.

It is also the port of universality: the USB-C allows to manage data more easily, audio, video (two screens in 4 K or 5 k because the USB-C of the MacBook Pro also incorporates the Thunderbolt 3 port) and the current at the same time. The cable also supports significantly higher voltages (up to 100 W according to the USB-if which governs the standards against 4.5 W for the current USB 3.0). Forget the HDMI, RJ-45 or DisplayPort cables.

The cable also plugs in both directions unlike the MINIUSB and microUSB of the moment.

This is to ask why Apple has retained this time the Jack plug to plug in its headphones while the sound can also go through the USB-C port, in analog or digital.

On the side of the bad news, you’ll have to think about leaving with all its adapters under pain of not being able to use its old products. And this also has a cost: The adapters are starting from 25 euros.


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