Apple has just announced the next-generation MacBook Pro. Featuring a 15.4-inch (diagonal) “Retina display” LED-backlit display with IPS technology, 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colours. From there the machine gets an expected bump in power with either a 2.3GHz or 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8 Gb of 1600MHz DDR memory, flash storage and a new NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching.
The unit has been transformed towards the look and feel of the entry level MacBook Air computers and thus is sporting a new thinner design. But this thinner design comes at a cost. Apple in its quest for ever thinner and smaller devices has seen fit to sacrifice functionality and standards in connectivity by replacing the standard Apple MagSafe charging connector with a new thinner imaginatively named “MagSafe 2” connector. Next on the chopping board are the Firewire 800 port, Optical Drive and Ethernet port. Instead Apple wants you to purchase a new Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter here to regain the standard in high speed network connectivity. The highspeed Firewire 800 port has also been ditched in favour of another Thunderbolt port for you to connect all your reasonably priced Thunderbolt accessories to, like this $450 Lacie external HDD. (As satire is often lacking in text form, there is no cheap anything in Thunderbolt format).
But even though we complain at such omissions, in a perfect world all peripherals, monitor cables, everything would be using Thunderbolts high speed and simply connection standard. Instead of our current mess of USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Firewire 400, Firewire 800, DVI, HDMi, VGA etc…. So with an industry leader in consumer technology making decisions like replacing the mess of connectivity with a single powerful connectivity standard of Thunderbolt, maybe we can start to move towards an actual STANDARD.
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