Future devices are using newer hardware standards and some will no longer easily support older devices, as laptop technology further evolvesĀ 


Someday we’ll live in a truly wireless future, where everything is interconnected. Speeds will be so fast — 5G and WiGig — and the chipsets so cheap and plentiful that everything from your coffee maker to your garage door opener will have them embedded by default. Even your charging cable may go away, when and if we ever get a single wireless charging standard. In the meantime: you’ve got cables and wires. Lots of them. And they all probably fit into a different-shaped port.

That’s the world that Apple’s new MacBook Pros are coming into. Ironically, after pulling the headphone jack from its iPhone 7, Apple left it in its new laptops. But aside from that old-fashioned 3.5mm jack, the only connector you’ll find on Apple’s latest and greatest laptops is USB-C. Depending on which model you choose, you get two or four of the tiny ports, all of which offer the Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth and connectivity.

Apple’s full-on embrace of Thunderbolt 3 is great. Thunderbolt 3 is extremely fast and versatile and really is the connection port of the future. On the other hand, we’re still living in a present where port standards like HDMI, the SD card slot, and especially regular old USB-A ports — those rectangular ones that have been around for 20 years or so — are still widely used by the vast majority of devices.