A guest points to a new MacBook Pro during an Apple media event in Cupertino. Reuters/Beck Diefenbach
The new MacBook Pro is here, and with it, the Mac line has completely hopped aboard the USB-C train.
That means no more standard USB-A ports, no more HDMI ports for connecting to a TV, and no more SD card readers for moving photos from your camera.
In their place, you either have to buy a new cable or some sort of adapter to keep your current gear relevant.
To say the transition hasn't gone over well with hardcore Mac users is an understatement. That it comes just a couple months after Apple killed the still-ubiquitous headphone jack on theiPhone 7 hasn't helped.
Nevertheless, it’s worth remembering that Apple has helped lead the tech world down this path many times before. In most cases, we’ve all come out alright.
So to help you take a deep breath, let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane. In the process, you might see just how familiar the current dongle mania really is.
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The Apple device that made the most drastic changes is also the one that brought the company back to life after years of struggle: the iMac G3. That all-in-one famously ditched the floppy disk when it launched in 1998, but it also did away with the SCSI and ADB ports Mac owners used for connecting hard drives and keyboards and mice, respectively.
Mousse Mousse/Reuters It's also worth noting that Apple, along with Sony, had previously helped shift the industry from 5-inch floppy disks to 3.5-inch floppy disks in the early 80s — though that’s not quite the same as removing them altogether.
In their place were a couple of ports using USB, a then smallish standard that soon became the most widely accepted connector in consumer tech.
The iMac G3. YouTube Apple got equally trigger-happy in 2008, when it launched a trio of new MacBooks, including the first-generation MacBook Air. That machine was incredibly slim for its time, but to get there, it had to lose the Ethernet port and the CD/DVD optical drive.