The new MacBook Pro 2016 is finally here with a new look, new features, more power and longer battery life. Unfortunately the 2016 MacBook Pro comes with a nasty surprise, or should we say five of them.
Here is a look at five of the new MacBook Pro features you will hate, and what you can do about them if you decide to buy a 2016 MacBook anyway. The odds are good that not everyone will hate each of these items — but for some users this is a major issue.
Apple announced the MacBook Pro late 2016 model with Retina Display at a special event on October 27th and it is on sale now starting at $1,799 for the 13-inch model and $2,399 for the 15-inch model. Here’s how to finance the new MacBook Pro.
Even with a new design, an OLED touch panel and Touch ID, this is what you’ll hate about the new MacBook Pro 2016 update.
No Regular USB Ports
The 2016 MacBook Pro no longer includes regular USB ports. Odds are good that you use these regularly to charge your iPhone or connect an accessory to your MacBook.
This USB Type A connection is no longer on the MacBook Pro. Instead you have several USB C connections. USB C is smaller, reversible and can connect accessories, monitors and more.
This will push you to buy an adapter if you need to connect your phone or another USB device to your computer. Some devices like the GoPro Hero5 already includes a USB C port so you can use a USB C to USB C cable, but for others you will need buy an adapter.
Thankfully Apple sells a USB C to Lightning cable, which you will likely want to buy.
No MagSafe Connection
The 2016 MacBook Pro includes new USB C charging connectivity and you will no longer enjoy the benefits of MagSafe charging. With the current MacBook Pro the charger is held in place with magnets and if you move the notebook or trip on the cord the notebook remains in place and the cord flies away.
With USB C this is not the case, and you will need to adjust your habits or buy an accessory. Griffin makes a USB C MagSafe adapter called BreakSafe that can solve this problem, but you have a small part of it sticking out of the side of your MacBook.
No SD Card Slot
There is no SD card slot included with the new 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pro so you will need to plan for that.
This is a device for creativity, but if you want to get your photos and videos on the new MacBook you will need to buy a USB C SD card adapter. The Apple Store includes a $49.99 USB C SD card reader, but you can find cheaper ones on Amazon.
No Escape Key on the New MacBook Pro
There is no physical escape key on the 2016 MacBook Pro. Apple replaced the top row of the keyboard with an OLED touch strip and Touch ID. That means the function keys are no longer there and neither is a physical escape key.
For many average users, Esc, isn’t a button we push regularly. Programmers who use vim, will definitely need to adjust to this change as will other users who rely on this daily.
macOS Sierra 10.12.1 now allows users to remap the Escape key to Caps Lock or another modifier. This doesn’t undo years of muscle memory that will keep fingers going to the top left of the keyboard.
You’ll Need a Dongle with Your MacBook Pro
Do you connect to Ethernet, VGA, HDMI or other devices with your current computer?
Prepare to buy a dongle or adapter to get all the connectivity you need. There are some connections that you don’t need access to at all times, so removing them is OK.
USB C can connect to monitors, but if you travel to hotels or conference rooms you will likely need to invest in a USB C to HDMI or USB C to VGA adapter that will allow you to connect anywhere you are.
You can get a USB C Multiport adapter with a USB port, USB C Port and HDMI connection for $79.95 form Moshi or Apple. You can also get an adapter that includes many items from Sanho for $49.95 with Two USB ports, Micro SD and SD cards.