Apple just released new MacBook Pro's last week and of course there is some controversy over them. Apple redesigned the MacBook Pro and with that to no surprise the machine became thinner and lighter, which I am always for as long as there are no major trade offs. I want to make my bag weigh almost nothing. Following Apple's trend lines with a redesign also comes with the ports getting a overhaul. On the previous version there was MagSafe, two USB-A 3.0, two Thunderbolt 2, 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI, and SD card reader. The new one has just 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports and 3.5mm headphone jack. So with that comes dongles and a lot of people aren't happy about that.
I see what Apple is trying to do. They aren't making a computer for today, the computer they are making is for tomorrow. For the most part I am on board with that, I like the idea of having four thunderbolt 3 ports and being able to use those for anything at anytime. The part I am having a problem with is the lack of an SD card reader. Phil Schiller did and interview with the Independent where he talked about the new MacBook Pro and the lack of an SD card reader.
"The new Pros have no SD card slot for a camera memory card. Why not?"
"Because of a couple of things. One, it’s a bit of a cumbersome slot. You’ve got this thing sticking halfway out. Then there are very fine and fast USB card readers, and then you can use CompactFlash as well as SD. So we could never really resolve this – we picked SD because more consumer cameras have SD but you can only pick one. So, that was a bit of a trade-off. And then more and more cameras are starting to build wireless transfer into the camera. That’s proving very useful. So we think there’s a path forward where you can use a physical adaptor if you want, or do wireless transfer."
I'm not on board with this reason. When you have a computer with the word "Pro" in it that machine must be flexible to what the Pro needs to do. Any pro videographer and photographer uses that slot daily and I understand that there are many other kind of Professional's but this is such an important tool. I get the point that this machine is meant to adapt to what the situation calls for and thunderbolt 3 is the way to do that. But the SD card is not a standard thats going away anytime soon.
I have a 2014 MacBook Pro thats still holding up strong so I will probably wait tell the next model to upgrade. So I am going to stick it out but I don't have any hope that the SD card reader will ever come back, and I can live with that.