What if it had no ports?

A great amount of contention surrounds the MacBook’s one port. Technically, there are two if you include the headphone jack, which is about one more than I think Apple wanted to include. The problem for users, however, is that there isn’t the same number of ports on the state-of-the-art MacBook as there are on the tried-and-true MacBook Air.

More is better, right? Many want what they know and love about their computer of yesteryear with the feel of a sleek minimalistic aluminum body of today. The MacBook Air doesn’t cut the mustard in 2016. We want something thinner that’s just as powerful for everyday use. The MacBook Air’s ports give it a definite advantage over the MacBook One (that’s what some of us like to call it).

Let’s ask ourselves what does Apple want to do with the MacBook? As it concerns the one USB-C port, they have this to say on the product’s page:

As long as we were including a port for charging your MacBook, we wanted to make sure it was the most advanced and versatile one available. The USB-C port puts just about everything you need in a port all in one place. This amazing port provides charging, speedy USB 3 data transfer, and video output in a reversible design that’s one-third the size of a USB 3 port, giving you the flexibility to easily connect your favorite devices.

I can hear Eddy Cue saying that paragraph from the stage of an Apple keynote. The important quotation to note here is “As long as we were including a port for charging your MacBook.” Think about that.

I own and use a MacBook every day. In fact, it’s my primary Mac. If I have the choice between a MacBook or my iMac or iPad, I’ll probably go with the MacBook. I like most characteristics about it.

The port is an issue for me from time to time. I’ve often wondered why I have technical issues with it working with external display. I also wonder (at times) how I’m going to get two USB microphones connected to my MacBook. In the end, I always find a way to make it work. Even if it’s not what I would originally have in mind, I make it work. I’ve not had to compromise on more than how I would make a feature work. In the end, everything works, somehow. (I feel the need to stress that last point before I hit on my real point for this post.)

I have a theory. I think Apple knew that they couldn’t get away with no ports, so they included one. The MacBook needs at least one port for charging. Since this is the case, they went ahead and gave this port other features, like support for USB-C and external displays. If it weren’t for the necessity of powering and charging the MacBook with this singular port, Apple would not have given the MacBook a port at all.

Does this bother you? The notion would probably bother most of us, but it’s ultimately what I believe we can expect from Apple. The day will come that Jony Ive will want no ports and find a way to make this work for one of his devices. When that day comes, many people will hate that Mac more than they ever hated the MacBook One.A great amount of contention surrounds the MacBook’s one port. Well, technically there are two if you include the headphone’s jack, which is about one more than I think Apple wanted to include. The problem for users, however, is that there isn’t the same number of ports on the state-of-the-art MacBook as there are on the tried-and-true MacBook Air.

More is better, right? Many want what they know and love about their computer with the feel of a sleek minimalistic aluminum body. The MacBook Air doesn’t cu the mustard anymore. We want something thin as well as powerful for everyday use, and the MacBook Air’s ports give it a definite advantage over the MacBook One (as some of us like to call it).

Let’s ask ourselves what does Apple want to do with the MacBook? As it concerns the one USB-C port, they have this to say on the product’s page:

As long as we were including a port for charging your MacBook, we wanted to make sure it was the most advanced and versatile one available. The USB-C port puts just about everything you need in a port all in one place. This amazing port provides charging, speedy USB 3 data transfer, and video output in a reversible design that’s one-third the size of a USB 3 port, giving you the flexibility to easily connect your favorite devices.

I own and use a MacBook every day. In fact, it’s my primary Mac. If I have the choice between a MacBook or my iMac or iPad, I’ll probably go with the MacBook. I like most characteristics about it.

But the port is an issue for me from time to time. I’ve often wondered why I have technical issues with it and my external display, or how I’m going to get two USB microphones connected to my MacBook. In the end, I always find a way to make it work, even if it’s not what I would originally have in mind, I make it work. I’ve not had to compromise on more than how I would make a feature work. In the end, everything works, somehow. (Just have to make that point before I hit on my real point for this post.)

I have a theory. I think Apple knew that they couldn’t get away with no ports, so they included one. The MacBooks needed at least one port for charging. Since this is the case, they went ahead and gave this port other features, like support for USB-C and external displays. But if it weren’t for the necessity of powering and charging the MacBook with this singular port, I think Apple would not have given the MacBook a port at all.

Does this bother you? The notion would probably bother most people, but it’s ultimately what I think we can expect of some future Mac. The day will come that Jony Ive will want no ports and find a way to make this work for one of his devices. When that day comes, many people will hate that Mac more than they ever hated the MacBook One.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.