Apple customers are revolting against the company’s latest attempt to milk more money from its users: making the ability to connect your iPhone to the new MacBook impossible unless your purchase an extra accessory.
By changing the new $1,799 to $2,399 MacBook Pro’s USB ports to the USB-C format, users will now have to purchase a new $25 dongle to connect their iPhone to the device, while the SD card slot has also been removed.
The announcement has generated numerous complaints from users, some who proclaim to be life-long customers that are now looking for an alternative manufacturer.
Notebooks with only USB-C ports, iOS devices with Lightning, and including just a Lightning to USB-A cable is something only Apple could do.
— ᴺᴼᵀ Jony Ive (@JonyIveParody) October 27, 2016
£2349 for the removal of all USB ports and SD card slots. But you do get a touch pad. Wtf apple disowned there pro users a long time ago
— THE NINETYS (@IAmTheNinetys) October 28, 2016
This is how apple lost a life time customer. No USB, bye Felicia! https://t.co/XLwqXQ64Qm
— seth troxler (@sethtroxler) October 28, 2016
I've enjoyed Mac products, but if Apple thinks I'll invest another $3K in a laptop w/ zero USB ports and no SD card reader they are insane.
— Godsfall (@G0DSFALL) October 28, 2016
I've been a loyal Apple consumer for years, but have to admit recent choices to take away useful features (headphone jack, MagSafe) stink.
— Dr. Jonathan Foley (@GlobalEcoGuy) October 28, 2016
Several users also pointed out the fact that the company left a headphone jack in its new laptop, unlike the iPhone 7, which forced users to use a separate dongle accessory to listen to music through a pair of headphones, later claiming that the act took “courage.”
Apple feels uncoordinated. iPhone no headphone jack but new MacBook Pro does.
New iPhone 7 can’t plug into MacBook Pro without a dongle?
— Kelly Sommers (@kellabyte) October 27, 2016
So, wait..the new MacBook has a headphone jack? I guess @Apple's "courage" is on a by-device basis. Or, you know, nickle-and-diming.
— Mark Whitney (@ZerioIgnition) October 28, 2016
Apple's slow-baked approach to change in computers is extremely frustrating, especially when big changes like no headphone jack happen
— Scott Stein (@jetscott) October 28, 2016
After the latest Apple announcement, CEO Tim Cook also declared that his company were “going to kill cash” in response to Apple Pay’s recent increase of users.
“We’re going to kill cash. Nobody likes to carry around cash,” said Cook to a number of reporters. “You shouldn’t have to remember anything when you leave your home but your iPhone.”