Today Apple Announced The new MacBook Pro, and as rumored earlier, none of the models contain any traditional USB ports. Let it sink in for a second.

The new MacBook Pro will feature between 2 and 4 Thunderbolt 3 Ports, that is blazingly fast compared to USB (40 Gbps transfer speed), but sadly incompatible with 99% of DJ and production equipment currently on the market.

New MacBook Pro side view
New MacBook Pro side view

A quick look at the specs of each model:

New MacBook Pro specs
New MacBook Pro specs

Granted, the specs look promising, and the Touch Bar on top of the keyboard could be very useful. Watch the design video on Apple.com to see it in action.

During the presentation earlier today, part of the demo showed how the Touch Bar works with Algoriddim djay pro, for example, tot trigger FX. But to be honest, how useful is that? The whole point of a controller is to stay away from the laptop, so why would you want to go back to your keyboard to trigger something? Sounds like gadget overkill to me, and a nice feature for consumers, but for Pro’s, not so much.

Hello, hubs And Extra Cables

From now on, if you want to connect all your DJ/production gear to your new MacBook Pro, get used for it to look more or less like this:

MacBook with USB hub
MacBook with USB hub

Apple, that is NOT cool. I fully understand that we need to move on as new tech emerges, but so many DJs around the world rely on MacBooks in a mission-critical environment to deliver their performances. A hub is nothing more than an additional point of failure. It can break or accidentally be removed, as if not enough things can go wrong in a DJ set already. Also, if your MacBook Pro is on a laptop stand an extra hub or cable just looks ugly, and the weight of it risks to damage to port as well, as there is no surface to support it (unlike as in the picture above).

We can only hope that Apple will not forget their loyal DJ/Producer customers and come with elegant solutions to bridge the gap and connect our existing gear to these new beauties. But in any case, it will mean extra costs, and additional risk, no matter how you turn it.

As I stated yesterday, maybe the time is near that DJs and music producers will start to embrace the Windows platform. Being a Windows user myself next to MacOS, I must say that Windows 10 is surprisingly stable and robust, and I could see myself DJing on it without any problems.

So yeah, I’m a bit pissed about this, and at the same time ready to embrace the future, don’t get me wrong. Thing is, after the ditch of the headphone jack on the new iPhone 7 (by the way the new MacBook Pro still has one, thank god), it seems that Apple is far too eager to leave old tech behind and embrace the new, seemingly forgetting that most people don’t want the very latest all the time, more important is that things keep working together. Just my two cents.

How do you feel about Apple ditching the old USB port on the new MacBook Pro? Will it impact your next laptop purchase? Would you consider to go Windows? Comment below!