TRADITIONAL USB ports could be about to go the way of the 3.5mm headphone jack after the news that Apple's new MacBook Pro will come with USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 only.
A report from Macotakara claimed that Apple's upcoming MacBook Pro models will ditch traditional USB ports, Thunderbolt 2 and the company's MagSafe charging connector.
Instead, according to a "reliable Chinese supplier", the 13in and 15in laptops will have USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports, so buyers will be forced to cough up £65 to hook up standard USB devices.
The report doesn't mention whether the MacBooks will have a 3.5mm headphone jack, but Apple reportedly quizzed users this year as to whether they used the port on their laptop.
Apple's new MacBook Pros, which could arrive as soon as 27 October, are tipped to be the first with a Touch ID power button and Apple's macOS 10.12.1. They will also debut a new a touch-sensitive OLED bar that replaces the physical function keys along the top of the keyboard.
The highest-spec 15in MacBook Pro is expected to use AMD's Polaris GPU, debunking speculation that Nvidia graphics will show up in the firm's next laptops.
There's been talk of new MacBook Airs showing up this month, but Macotakara claimed that Apple plans to discontinue the 11in model, probably in a bid to fuel sales of the 12in MacBook. However, Apple will reportedly keep the 13in model on the market, with a new model set to debut later this month.
Previous reports suggested that Apple may include USB Type-C on the new MacBook Air, which could mean the Air will also lose its traditional USB ports.
Apple is also reportedly working with LG on a 5K external display to replace the discontinued Apple Thunderbolt Display, although it's unclear whether this will be launched later this month. µ
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