Apple’s ability and history of success when ushering in new technology is well known. This one scares me. Mark Gurman on the new USB standard that Apple might adopt in a new model of the diminutive MacBook Air.
Apple is preparing an all-new MacBook Air for 2015 with a radically new design that jettisons standards such as full-sized USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slots in favor of a markedly thinner and lighter body with a higher-resolution display.
What? No USB? No Thunderbolt? No MagSafe connector? Nope. Gurman speaks of the changes as if fact. There’s a headphone connector and a new USB Type-C port.
USB Type-C connector is smaller, faster, and more capable than the standard USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports on existing computers. The connector is able to replace the Thunderbolt Display port on the current Apple laptops as USB Type-C actually has the technology to drive displays. Additionally, the latest specifications from the USB foundation indicate that USB Type-C can actually be used to power computers, which makes the standard MagSafe plugs unnecessary on this new device. The connector is also reversible like Lightning on iPads and iPhones, which should make the overall experience a bit more intuitive.
Apple, always moving forward; sometimes incrementally, sometimes with leaps and bounds.