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When Apple revealed the iPhone 7, they said they were being “courageous” for removing the headphone jack. And while the newly announced MacBook Pro keeps its headphone jack, it loses almost everything else. And that includes the SD card slot. But why? Senior VP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller explains.

You see, Apple was trying to provide as clean and as attractive of a notebook experience as possible. That’s why they didn’t bother with a touchscreen. That’s why they put in that funky new touch-happy mini screen. That’s why they got rid of all the conventional USB ports so you can’t actually use a regular flash drive or charge your iPhone right out of the box.

Oh and wireless. Cameras have wireless now, so who needs to actually put the physical SD card in the side of your laptop anymore anyways, right?

Because of a couple of things. One, it’s a bit of a cumbersome slot. You’ve got this thing sticking halfway out. Then there are very fine and fast USB card readers, and then you can use CompactFlash as well as SD. So we could never really resolve this – we picked SD because more consumer cameras have SD but you can only pick one. So, that was a bit of a trade-off. And then more and more cameras are starting to build wireless transfer into the camera. That’s proving very useful. So we think there’s a path forward where you can use a physical adaptor if you want, or do wireless transfer.

Sounds like a cop-out to me. An excuse to sell you a ton of adapters and card readers and various other accessories. Sure, the new MacBook Pro might be all slim and sleek and it might rock a cool touch-sensitive strip to replace your function row, but you’ll need to carry around a little pouch of adapters everywhere you go too. How’s that for courageous?


Via The Verge, The Independent

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