I’m re­ally miss­ing the SD slot on the new MacBook Pro

Jamaica Gleaner - - FEATURE - Jef­fer­son Gra­ham Con­trib­u­tor

LOS AN­GE­LES: I MISS my SD card slot al­ready.

As well as the tra­di­tional USB slots on the MacBook Pro that I use to in­sert ex­ter­nal hard drives, charge the iPhone, plug in my mi­cro­phone for record­ing the Talk­ing Tech pod­cast and all sorts of other things, too.

Ap­ple in­tro­duced its su­per-pricey new Mac com­put­ers last Thurs­day, and just like the com­pany did away with floppy disks and CD/DVD drives in the past, it’s now mak­ing a com­puter that’s smaller, thin­ner, yada, yada, by killing the cam­era SD slot and re­mov­ing the tra­di­tional USB slots. Now Ap­ple wants us to use a new Thunderbolt USB-C slot that prom­ises to power and run de­vices at the same time.

Know that your ex­ist­ing de­vices prob­a­bly won’t fit into the new slots; you’ll need adapters and those will cost you big time. Ac­ces­sories man­u­fac­turer Belkin an­nounced a new USB-C dock last Thurs­day to fit mul­ti­ple de­vices, and it’s ex­pected to cost in the $300-400 range.



The new Macs start at a hefty $1,499 and go up to $2,799, but once you add in ex­tra RAM and mem­ory, you’ll prob­a­bly spend way more. I spoke to a friend last Thurs­day who fig­ured it would cost him about $4,500 to get the ma­chine he needs.

The good news – yes, there’s still a head­phone jack, un­like the re­cent iPhone 7, for those of us who like to lis­ten to mu­sic, watch TV shows and movies and the like on the com­puter.

On the SD card omis­sion, I un­der­stand it. Smart­phones have re­placed cam­eras as the dom­i­nant way peo­ple shoot pho­to­graphs, so in Ap­ple’s think­ing, who needs the SD card slot any­more? Well, I do. My best pho­tos are taken on cam­eras, and I love hav­ing the SD card slot not just to im­port pho­tos, but trade files in the of­fice when we work on projects to­gether.

If I were to buy one of these new MacBooks, I’d have to start drag­ging around a card reader, like I used to a few years ago, be­fore SD card slots be­came so preva­lent on lap­tops.

The big sell­ing point of the new Macs is some­thing called a TouchBar, a smart­phone-like strip that re­places the cur­rent func­tion keys, which we use to lower and raise the vol­ume, or screen bright­ness.

Now, you can do fun things like add emo­jis to your e-mails, from the Touch­Pad, buy stuff with Ap­ple Pay and click the Touch­Pad to con­firm, and op­er­ate high-end pro­grams like Fi­nal Cut Pro for video edit­ing and Pho­to­shop.

Sounds fun, and I look for­ward to try­ing them.

But own­ing one of the new Macs? Us­ing touch­screen at the top of the com­puter would never trump hav­ing the ex­tra slots for me. I can live with­out it.

My iMac desk­top has four USB and two Thunderbolt slots, and all six are in con­stant use.

I hope the com­puter lasts me the rest of my life.

Know that your ex­ist­ing de­vices prob­a­bly won’t fit into the new slots; you’ll need adapters and those will cost you big time.

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