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Marco Arment
If it were up to me, 4 would be the minimum number of ports that any Apple laptop had. Even the old 11-inch Air could connect to power, 2 USB devices, and a Thunderbolt device at the same time. Since we lose one to power today, 2-port is effectively 1-port. Not good enough.
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Clint Rutkas Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
Here is the rub, data helps drive a lot of these decisions. I bet via telem they know how many people have stuff plugged in at one time. I bet the curve from 2 to 3 is drastic. I would also bet more so if the device is on battery.
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Danish Dua Aug 9
Personally don’t think developing for the lowest common denominator should be the case here though
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Clint Rutkas Aug 9
Replying to @dandua98 @marcoarment
Everything has trade offs. Heat, size, BOM costs, battery, ... this is like when systems stopped including floppy drives. Data proved people didn’t use them often and those who did got a usb floppy. Same with optical drives
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Dave Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
The number of ports should be (n/1000 + 2), where n is the price of the laptop.
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Alex Chernikov Aug 9
Replying to @heyyoudvd @marcoarment
Then my Mac should have 5.3 ports
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Dave Aug 9
I should have specified rounded to the near thousand. 😋
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tonkei Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
Don't forget the 3.5mm audio in+out jack, that'll give you another port 🙊
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Marco Barrios Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
I would rather have two MagSafe ports and 2 USB-ports instead of 4 USB-ports.
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Drazen Mokic Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
Apple is seriously starting to annoy me with their cheap limitations on RAM, Ports, Cloud Storage and Disk Space. On top of that insanely high priced adapters which again they force on your because goin cheap on ports 😫
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James Grotjohn Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
I had a 11 “ Air that I used with a Thunderbolt Display. Never wanted for a port. Now my briefcase includes a bag of dongles...
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Watching History Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
11-inch Macbook Air connected to a *lot* of things. :)
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Carlos Kelly 🏳️‍🌈 Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
I think the number of ports is an artificial limitation since both the 2 and 4 port models have the same number of PCIe lanes and both have a Titan Ridge controller for extra Thunderbolt bandwidth.
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Antonio Pérez Aug 10
Replying to @marcoarment
Please don’t forget a new MagSafe please
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Marco Miltenburg Aug 10
Replying to @marcoarment
In my normal work setup I’m using 3 ports already, one for power, one for external display (+ keyboard/mouse) and one for gigabit ethernet.
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💧 | 73MP3S7 Aug 10
Replying to @marcoarment
Unless you want to live the dongle life, which Apple appears content to force on people.
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Mars Gambit, Esq. Aug 9
Replying to @marcoarment
Yes. I wouldn’t care if one side was TB 3 enabled and the other side was just USB C, but 4 should be standard
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