Did Apple just get rid of USB?

Not exactly, but the first time you look at the new 2015-2016 MacBooks that come in Gold, Silver, and Space Grey, you’ll notice alarmingly few ports to work with. In fact, I counted just 2 – a port for your headphones and a small port that resembles the lightning port found on the iPhone 5 and 6 models. Of course I had a small panic attack as I use USB for most everything from connecting an external CD/DVD drive (also deemed obsolete by Apple) to a plethora of Flash Drives, Hard Drives, iPads, iPhones, iPods, digital cameras, and even printers. Well, panic quickly gave way to acceptance as I studied up on this new “Jack-Of-All-Trades” port deemed USB C. It handles charging the MacBook with the power cord, but also is a faster USB 3.1 (up to 5 Gbps) and digital video out. The only trick is to own the right adapter and all this can be yours. I ran to the nearest Apple Store and found the USB-C to USB Adapter priced at a reasonable $19 + tax. That cable allows me to connect to all my beloved USB devices, but only one at a time (so be it). Of course you could buy the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter that lets you connect your MacBook with USB-C port to an HDMI display, while also connecting a standard USB device and a USB-C charging cable for a mere $79.

As is often the case, Apple is deciding what to make obsolete long before most of us are ready for it. It’s a good thing I love their products, because it’s down right traumatic!