Apple’s known for its minimalism, but the company’s next MacBook might take that to a new extreme.
According to Apple-centric blog 9to5Mac, the next MacBook Air will strip out all ports except for a headphone jack and a small USB Type-C port. That’s right: no standard USB port or SD card slot, no MagSafe charger slot. The device will reportedly boast a 12-inch screen, a redesigned keyboard that squeezes the keys even more tightly together, and speaker-holes that double as air vents.
If these rumors come to fruition, it wouldn’t be the first time that Apple killed functionality in the name of making a device thinner and lighter, or because it thought an “essential” piece of technology was outdated. Way back in 1998, the company eliminated floppy-disk drives from the original iMac, which caused a bit of an uproar at the time. Over the past few years, optical disk drives have steadily disappeared from the MacBook lineup, irritating those who use DVDs and CDs.
But eliminating the slots along the side of the machine would take things to a whole new level. “I can definitely see getting rid of classic USB—it’s old and thick. Thunderbolt, sort of,” John Gruber wrote on his popular Daring Fireball blog. “But MagSafe? When Apple announced MagSafe back in 2006, I knew they were solving a real problem, not an imaginary marketing problem.” Eliminate MagSafe in favor of USB Type-C, he continued, and tripping over the power cord is liable to bring a laptop crashing to the floor.
If 9to5Mac proves correct, this laptop could ship in mid-2015, at which point the world will see whether this rumor about the total lack of ports is correct. Apple could indeed be trying to lead the charge into the future again—but how much minimalism is too much?