Annoyed with the fact the new iPhone 7 lacks an audio jack? How would you feel if Apple removes the USB ports of the next Macbook Pro?
It is rumored that the old USB ports will be replaced with new USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports on the new 12″ MacBook. Alongside these alarming rumors are rumors that the 11″ MacBook Air will be discontinued in hopes of driving up the sales of the new 12″ MacBook. This means that many people who rely on the old USB ports will either have to shell out more money to buy adapters, or invest in newer computers. Considering most DJs use MacBooks alongside mixers, this could cause an uproar amongst artists everywhere. Stay tuned for updates on the story as we find out more information.
Even if this only a rumour at this point, all indicators point to the fact that this is probably true. The Macbook has 1(one) USB-C port only so there is no reason to assume Apple is not going to go the same route with the next Macbook Pro.
Apple’s MacBook Pro is extremely popular with DJs. They choose a Mac above PC for several reasons, stability and performance being the most important ones. Usually, DJ gear connects to a MacBook through the USB-A port, and if Apple is about to ditch them and include USB-C ports only in their future MacBook models, your Mac might look like this:
Putting adapters between your MacBook Pro and DJ gear is not only visually a problem (note that the solution pictured above is one of the more elegant ones) but it adds an additional point of failure to your setup. And as you know, DJs are risk-averse, nothing worse than having a piece of equipment in your DJ rig failing at the worst possible moment without obvious indication of what is failing exactly.
More importantly than the above, it looks like Apple is not aware of/interested in the needs of their customers in the DJ/artists community. Killing audio jacks and USB ports makes the product more elegant for end consumers, but professionals that rely on those ports are presented with extra costs and worse, as I said above, additional points in their mission critical setup that can fail/disconnect/get lost etc..
Using a windows pc for djing
With all this going on, maybe it is time to sallow the bitter pill and turn to Windows for Djing and music production? There is no sign that Windows pc makers are about to ditch the traditional USB ports just yet, and haven’t we come to a point that Windows laptops are equally potent and stable as their Apple counterparts?
Razer Blade builds top of the line gaming laptops, probably the best respected in the industry. But they are also targeting the music industry, and what they offer could interest DJs looking to move from Mac to Windows:
- Intel® Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Processor (2.6GHz / 3.5GHz)
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5 VRAM)
- 16 GB System Memory (DDR4, 2133 MHz)
- Windows® 10 64-bit
- 256GB / 512GB / 1 TB SSD (PCIe M.2) options
- 14.0-in. IGZO QHD+, 3200×1800, capacitive multi-touch / 14.0-in. IPS Full HD Matte, 1920×1080 options
- Anti-ghosting keyboard with per-key lighting powered by Razer Chroma
- Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
- Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C™)
- USB 3.0 port x3 (SuperSpeed)
- HDMI 2.0 video and audio output
- 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
- Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
- Built-in stereo speakers
- Array microphone
- Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
- 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
- Razer Synapse enabled with programmable keyboard, trackpad, backlighting, and fan control
- Kensington™ security slot
- Compact 165W power adapter
- Built-in 70 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
- Approx. Size: 0.70 in. / 17.9 mm (Height) x 13.6 in. / 345 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
- Approx. Weight (QHD+): 4.30 lbs. / 1.95 kg
- Approx. Weight (Full HD): 4.16 lbs. / 1.89 kg
This configuration will cost you USD 2.000, pretty comparable to a Macbook Pro 15 inch.
And it does look the part:
From Mac to Windows
Ian from Djtechtools did a review of this very laptop back in February, and the conclusion was that even if for him the water is too deep to make the move to Windows, this laptop is up to the challenge of serving as a DJ/producers laptop.
So could we see a major shift to Windows in the next few years when it comes to Djing and music production? I can tell you that I’m certainly thinking of going in that direction considering what I can get for the money…
What do you think of the possibility that Apple might ditch the USB ports in the next MacBook Pro? Would you make the move to PC, or maybe you already use a PC for Djing? Comment below!