Apple eliminates USB ports in favor of Thunderbolt connectors and iphone 7 owners discover they need an adapter to connect the two devices
Paraphrasing a famous quote, you could say “Cupertino, we have a problem”. Who attended the presentation of the MacBook Pro 2016 last October 27th had a little gasp thinking: “And now, how do I connect the iphone 7 to this computer?”.
Perhaps taken from their innovative thrust, Apple designers and technicians have not taken into account that their flagship smartphone connects to the PC (to make or restore a backup, for example) via a normal USB cable. This, in fact, is the “standard equipment” of every iphone sold to date. Too bad, however, that in the new MacBook Pro the USB ports have been eliminated to make room for the third-generation Thunderbolt ports (two or four depending on the model you want to buy): In their basic configuration, therefore, iphone 7 and MacBook Pro 2016 will not be able to talk to each other.
To connect the two devices you will need to purchase a USB-Thunderbird adapter from the official store of Apple bitten (cost 29 euro): a problem that they had already faced, in September, users who bought the iphone 7 but did not want to throw in the garbage bucket their old earphones with audio jack from 3.5 mm (present, instead, in the MacBook Pro).
A choice, to eliminate the “normal” USB ports in favor of the Thunderbolt ports (which use, instead, USB Type-C connectors), which has already raised several controversies. Some international commentators are wondering if communication problems do not exist only at the level of devices, but also at the level of development departments. And why a computer and a smartphone presented a few weeks apart from each other need an adapter to be able to connect to each other. Some speculate that both the iphone 7 and the MacBook Pro 2016 are two “intermediate devices” towards a future without ports, made of communication and wireless charging. While waiting, however, equipped with the right adapters.