Apple showed off a shiny new MacBook Pro last week, refreshing the highly successful lineup with a slimmer form factor, an improved screen and blazingly fast specs.
You'll be able to do all manner of things with the new laptop, and it's sure to prove popular with creative sorts who want real power on the go. That's all well and good, so long as you don't need to use an SD card slot - because Apple doesn't think you need one.
That's right, they'll be no SD card support in the new MacBook Pro. It's a bit of a strange move given the proliferation of this kind of storage media in the professional camera world. Workarounds aren't particularly difficult but it does require an extra step.
Speaking to The Independent, Apple's had this to say:
"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. So, that was a bit of a trade-off. And then more and more cameras are starting to build wireless transfer into the camera. That’s proving very useful. So we think there’s a path forward where you can use a physical adaptor if you want, or do wireless transfer."
It's a design refinement which sees Apple including only Thunderbolt ports in the MacBook Pro, so you'll have to get a reader or rely on the wireless transfer, which is not a viable solution for professionals dealing with extremely large files or looking for easy access on the move.
Regardless of whether we want it, this is happening as Apple continues to trim back established technology in their latest releases.