There were a lot of complaints when Apple removed the DVD-ROM drive, but once again, tech moved on. We don’t install software using DVD’s anymore. I don’t recall the last time I needed to burn a disk. That doesn’t mean we didn’t have to find interim solutions. There’s a reason why I have an external DVD drive on the shelf. But the fact is, I’ve found it’s required less and less as time goes on. The same will happen to these other ports.
Yes, I have to keep a couple dongles in my bag. And currently I have a device plugged into every port on this machine. But as soon as some decent Thunderbolt 3 docks start showing up, that will quickly drop to one. Extra cost? Yup. Am I happy about it? Nope. But I really like the simplicity of it. Sit down, plug in one cable, and suddenly my external monitors, ethernet, keyboard, and Lightning cables are ready to go.
Growing pains are part of the technology landscape. The move to smaller and more versatile ports is a given. Before long USB-C will be everywhere. It’s already on a number of popular Android devices, including the Google Pixel.
Just to be clear, I am not being an Apple apologist. There are things about this machine that I do not like. But the port situation is not one of them. Upgrading our tech ecosystem can be expensive. But the bottom line is we’re all going to be better off on the other side of this transition. Just give it some time.