Apple seems to have set its sights on removing various ports, including the audio jack, from future MacBook Pros.
(CCM) — If recent emails sent by Apple to its customers are any indication, the tech giant may be planning to axe several of the MacBook Pro's ports that it deems unnecessary. The 2016 MacBook Pro is expected to be announced in October, and so far, the company has kept characteristically mum on the subject. But according to online sources quoted by the International Business Times, surveys being sent off by Apple to owners of previous versions of the MacBook Pro could be our first clue. The questionnaires are said to inquire about the customers' use of various ports on the laptop. Questions reportedly include, "Do you ever use the headphone port on your MacBook Pro with Retina Display" and, "How do you upload photos from a digital camera or phone to your MacBook Pro with Retina Display," with multiple-choice responses to the latter suggesting that the company may be reconsidering the usefulness of the Pro's SD card slot. Some have also claimed that Apple asked about the laptop's battery life.
This all has led to speculation that the MacBook Pro — and perhaps all laptops in the MacBook series — would be going the way of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. That is, that we could soon be seeing them unveiled without headphone jacks and possibly lacking an SD card slot to boot. However, as the International Business Times points out, leaked images of the 2016 edition appear to include both ports, meaning that those in opposition of audio port-less Apple devices can rest easy — at least for the time being.
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