macbook-pro-thunderbolt-3With the announcement of the new MacBook Pros, many had already expected Apple to do away with the USB-A ports in favor of USB-C. Given that USB-C is indeed the future standard we can look forward to, this was to be expected, although admittedly many don’t seem to be too pleased about it.

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However Apple also removed the SD card slot, something that has caused a bit of controversy especially amongst professionals who use the slot to quickly transfer over photos and videos. So why did Apple remove the SD card slot but keep the 3.5mm headphone jack? According to Phil Schiller who spoke to The Independent, this is why:

“Because of a couple of things. One, it’s a bit of a cumbersome slot. You’ve got this thing sticking halfway out. Then there are very fine and fast USB card readers, and then you can use CompactFlash as well as SD. So we could never really resolve this – we picked SD because more consumer cameras have SD but you can only pick one.”

Schiller also adds that because of the rise in wireless transfer technology in cameras, the slot isn’t as needed as it once was. We know that you could always purchase a third-party card reader, but that’s just more devices you’ll have to bring around, and additional expenses, but what do you guys think? Is that a valid argument?

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