We knew it was coming. Ever since the 2015 release of the 12-inch MacBook, with its single USB-C port, it was obvious that this connector would make its appearance on other Macs. But Apple’s recently announced new MacBook Pro with only Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports (plus a headphone jack) may leave you grumbling.
Apple’s insistence on this being a “pro” device has led a lot of actual pros—developers, photographers, designers, and video editors—to point out that this new laptop isn’t practical for them. Aside from the limited amount of RAM available (16GB), the main complaint is the presence of only USB-C ports. The new MacBook Pro has four of them, two on each side. But not all those ports are equal: the pair on the left of the $1,799 and $1,999 13-inch models are Thunderbolt 3, while the right side offers “reduced PCI Express bandwidth.” (All four are Thunderbolt 3 on the 15-inch version.)