Am I the only person here who is questioning the user friendly design of the latest Apple products. With the release of the new Iphone 7, Apple has removed the headphone jack forcing users to use bluetooth headsets, unless you use their dongle which you have to connect to your jack. A bit annoying isn’t it, having to carry around an extra bit of plastic. Hoping you won’t lose it, forget it or break it. Another thing with bluetooth is I don’t find it very reliable. Now with the release of the new Macbook Pro’s, the dongle world seems to have suddenly expanded beyond borders. The SD card slot, HDMI slot, USB slot, firewire slot have all been replaced by 4 USBC slots. This means you will have just to buy all the dongles needed to use one of the previous slots needed. Apple products built its reputation on simplicity and user friendliness. It seems the mother ship has now shifted into making your life a little more complicated with more concerns about making profit than design. Distant are the days when Apple used to make fun of Microsoft for being complex and not user-friendly. You will now have to carry your dongle wallet around when traveling, because if you forget it you will be dongled out! And these dongles don’t come cheap either, even if Apple is making a limited time price drop. Being a Apple user for years now, I am now considering looking into other brands which don’t make me carry around dongles when I travel.
Apple dongle prices:
- USB-C to traditional USB: $9 (was $19)
- Multiport Adapter with HDMI, USB, USB-C: $49 (was $69)
- Multiport Adapter with VGA, USB, USB-C: $49 (was $69).
- Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2: $29 (was $49)
- USB-C to Lightning (1 meter): $19 (was $25)
- USB-C to Lightning (2 meter): $29 (was $35)
TRD: Apple may as well change their logo from an apple to a dongle.
Did you know: 2016 Q4 financial results for Apple’s earnings are down, with iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales and profits down 9%.