AP­PLE BACK­LASH

AP­PAR­ENTLY WE DO WANT OTHER CON­NEC­TORS

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THE NEW MAC­BOOK PRO has USB-C ports, and that’s it. Which means you’ll need an adapter to plug just about every other piece of kit you have into it. And there are no adapters in the box. Cue much foam­ing and froth­ing on­line from some un­der­stand­ably an­noyed cus­tomers. To calm things down, Ap­ple has tem­po­rar­ily dropped the prices on its adapters, of which there are 17 dif­fer­ent types. Price cuts range from around 25 to 50 per­cent. The ba­sic USB-C to USB adapter drops from $19 to $9.

A state­ment from the com­pany in­cludes this nugget: “We rec­og­nize that many users, es­pe­cially pros, rely on legacy con­nec­tors to get work done to­day.” Legacy? You can’t even con­nect a brand-new iPhone with­out an adapter. Ap­ple has an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for in­no­va­tion, but this isn’t the first time the com­pany has tried to push things along a lit­tle too quickly for com­fort.

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