Are you even surprised? Were you expecting anything else after the new iPhone’s headphone jack-removing mess? At least be thankful those sizzling hot 2016 Touch Bar-sporting MacBook Pros, alongside the simpler, cheaper 13-inch version, all “cowardly” retain their traditional 3.5mm audio connectors.
Of course, while that means you shouldn’t throw out your “obsolete” wired headphones just yet, it also leaves you with no direct option to hook up the Lightning Earpods shipping standard in the iPhone 7 box to the fancy $1,500 and up fourth-gen professional macOS laptops.
But that’s still nothing compared to the inconvenience of separately purchasing either a $19 USB-C to USB adapter or $25 and up USB-C to Lightning cable to “easily” sync the iPhone 7 (or any generation of the iOS handheld, for that matter) with the Thunderbolt-supporting new 13 or 15-inch MacBook Pro.
What’s especially annoying is the $1,800 and up 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro and its big brother, starting at a whopping $2,400, both come with an impressive grand total of four USB Type-C-based Thunderbolt 3 ports, yet they can only accommodate a single 2 m USB-C charge cable and 87W USB-C power adapter in their extravagant retail boxes.
No included dongles or other cords, forcing iPhone users who may want to connect to MacBooks for energy or file management purposes to jump through a couple of hoops.