Apple’s dongle-gate is coming to an end with new MacBook Pro; a report

Jan 30, 2021

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Jan 30, 2021

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you are one of the many, many creatives who use a MacBook, your biggest problem is probably the dongles. Or rather, your biggest problem is the lack of I/O ports, and your solution is getting a dongle.  With some Macbooks offering only a single USB-C port, It’s not a surprise that the dongle market is exploding. It’s enough to look at Hyper’s $1.8 Million Kickstarter to understand that Macbooks just don’t have enough ports.

But now, Apple’s latest investor note, noted by MacRumors, suggests that the new MacBook Pro “are equipped with more types of I/O, and most users may not need to purchase additional dongles.“.

This is quite a change on Apple’s design philosophy of ports make our laptops ugly. Let’s make them our user’s problem. I think that losing ports was a big oversight on Apple’s side, showing more care for their designers than for their customers. This oversight led to a huge apple dongle industry, from HyperDrive’s “premium dongles, through many, many, MANY other variants.  If this report signals Apple’s direction with upcoming laptops, that industry will die. Good!

Between the new M1 chip and including more ports on future laptops, it looks like Apple wants to come back as a “for everyone” laptop option.

I got to ask if you own a MacBook, do you also own a dongle?

[via MacRumors ]

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15 responses to “Apple’s dongle-gate is coming to an end with new MacBook Pro; a report”

  1. Brian Mills Avatar
    Brian Mills

    I own one of the Macbooks that only has 2 USB-C ports and a headphone jack, so yes, I have dongles. When working st my desk with external peripherals, I actually prefer to have a port replicator to plug everything into, because that’s only one cable to disconnect when I’m ready to move the computer somewhere else. When I just need to plug one or two things in, however, it’s annoying to have to use a dongle, because nothing I need to plug in has USB-C.

    1. James Ash Avatar
      James Ash

      No reason you can’t have this as well as other plugs for when you’re not at your desk though. Apple never gave us the choice. Looks like they finally are.

      1. bkydcmpr Avatar
        bkydcmpr

        don’t buy stupid dongles, buy new cables with usb-c!

  2. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    I used to be very upset about this, but now I’m glad everything is using USB-C.

    The thing I’m most upset about is iPhone still sticking to the Lightning connector. When iPhone does a new model with USB-C I’ll switch back from Android.

    1. Daigoro Toyama Avatar
      Daigoro Toyama

      Thank you for the voice of reason. It’s been at least a few years since Apple made the MacBook Pro USB-C only. It’s high time they replaced Lightning with USB-C.

  3. Brian Leadingham Avatar
    Brian Leadingham

    Apple is just trying sell us back all of those trade-ins for the price of a new product. They’re just regurgitating technology.

  4. Michael Vasilev Avatar
    Michael Vasilev

    Progress! Progress?

  5. Greg Conquest Avatar
    Greg Conquest

    My only MacBook is a MacBook Pro 16, and yeah, I always carry a bag of dongles and cables (and that big charger). I can use almost all of them with my iPad Pro 11 as well. I’ve also bought a dozen or two female-USB-A-to-male-USB-C adapters and stuck them on all my devices. I did neglect to bring the bag one day last week, and I needed to make a presentation for a high school class. Luckily they had a “Chromebook video adapter”, so it is all beginning to work out.

    Still, if I were to get an Apple Silicon MBP13/14 for better portability, and battery life, I’d really like to be able to travel without carrying an extra bag or two.

  6. Daigoro Toyama Avatar
    Daigoro Toyama

    I have the 13-inch MacBook Pro with 4 Thunderbolt ports. I am happy with their decision to standardize on the USB-C interface. I use a mini DP cable to connect it to my external monitor. I have a USB-C external SSD. I can use the charger it came with to charge my other devices, such as the Pixel 4 and Nintendo Switch.

    I can see the need for an SD card slot, but why would you want an HDMI port or God forbid USB-A?

  7. bkydcmpr Avatar
    bkydcmpr

    if it’s true, apple’s back peddling is stupid. today there is nothing you can do with usb-a but can’t do with usb-c.

  8. Jarret Peterson Avatar
    Jarret Peterson

    My issue is that the industry has not moved away from USB-A fast enough. The USB-A market keeps sticking around after, what, 5 years of usb-c hitting mainstream? Get rid of it. Only one way to put it in the slot? Different colours for different speeds? Huge ports that are ugly and dust collectors?

    Please, can we move into this century and drop this crazy old standard and move ahead without looking back?

  9. LondonBoy Avatar
    LondonBoy

    Yes I spent 2k on a MacBook Pro and will be pretty pissed if Apple now start with USB A ports again

  10. Alvin Ho Avatar
    Alvin Ho

    What it really needs is USB-A ports.

    I don’t need courage, I need ports.

  11. Bergserker Avatar
    Bergserker

    Well my dongles have come in before my MacBook. So, technically I own dongles and no MacBook….

  12. Paul Avatar
    Paul

    Pretty obvious why this is happening. The old Mac design with the rounded edges made the sides too thing for usb A Ports. Now with the rumoured boxier design, they should fit right in.