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TechBytes | MacBook Pro Backlash!

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TechBytes is a weekly dose of tech gathered into one post! I will be putting articles that I’ve written from the past few days, related articles from various sites in the web, and tech videos! This week, I mostly react to the MacBook Pro backlash!


Apple is facing backlash from their loyal professional customers lately. The new MacBook Pro isn’t met with the same praise as its predecessors. Apple decided to use USB-C, the next generation of USB that is reversible! Of all the things it can do, adopting a similar behavior as the Lightning cable is great! (Thanks, Apple!) Despite its goodness, Apple also decided to remove the rest of the ports (except the headphone jack). This means that people have to buy dongles for them to use their current stuff.

I know that Apple tends to do this from time to time (goodbye to the iPhone’s headphone jack), but it would be nice if they provided a dongle with the MacBook Pro. Perhaps a free multiport adapter?

Because of that backlash, Apple put discounts on all of their USB-C adapters (until the end of the year). I personally don’t know if this would ease that backlash, but I hope it will eventually.

I hope that the MacBook Pro price drop rumor will come true.


Stories on the Blog

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Best Cebu Technology Blogger Finalist?!?

This story pertains to the blog itself. I am happy to tell you that I am a Finalist for this year’s Best Cebu Technology Blogger at the Best Cebu Blogs Awards! Read more about it here! Even though I started this blog over a year ago, I am humbled to receive this nomination. Thank you to all who nominated and read this blog! I appreciate everything that has happened. Shout out to the #HIBsters!


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iPhone 7 in the Philippines!

Yes, I posted this on last week’s TechBytes. Good thing that I updated this post to show the official pricing from Beyond the Box and Smart! Check out that on the post NOW! It’s coming out on Friday, November 11!


Featured Podcasts

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On this week’s episode of Blogger Banters, we finally have GUESTS! We discuss what our weeks were at length, including an intriguing story on someone’s trip to Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand! (COMING SOON! Will update the post to include the link.)

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On the latest episode of the Vergecast, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Paul Miller, and Dan Seifert discuss the MacBook Pro, Google Home, and The Verge turning 5!

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On the latest Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt Mossberg and Nilay discuss in-depth on the Google Home and MacBook Pro (without the Touch Bar).

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Here’s a new one! On Too Embarrassed to Ask, a podcast from Recode (sister site of The Verge), Lauren Goode and Kara Swisher talk with Joanna Stern on the new MacBook Pros. Wow. More on the MacBook Pros.


Stories Around the Web

(Same as last week, just titles. Go run with it. This week’s list is a depressing one.)

How your gadgets are priced in the Philippines

(I have always wondered about this. Why have I found this article just NOW? This was posted on October 2010! Sheesh.)

How good are you with smartphone terminologies?

(Let’s see if you’re good at this. Tweet me @uttrlyrndmtchie as to what your score is. Mine’s 20.)

Opinion: From the enthusiast to the general consumer, Apple’s recipe for success has become boring

Why 2016 is such a terrible year for the Mac

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

(Breaking protocol here, but this article’s a good one. Sick burn on Apple. I tend to agree here and I’m an Apple fanboy. Whoop dee doo.)

Ballmer: I’ve drifted apart from Bill Gates over Surface hardware and phones

I’m sick and tired of Apple’s feature cutting

Dongle Me This: Why Am I Still Buying Apple Products?

Google Home review: Home is where the smart is

(It sucks that this review got overshadowed by the insane MacBook Pro backlash, but oh well.)

Huawei intros its Mate 9 w/ dual Leica cameras

(If this is a bigger P9, then this should be good.)


That’s it for this week’s edition of TechBytes! Are you buying the new MacBook Pro? Do you like the new format of TechBytes or you want the one before? PLEASE let me know in the comments below!

  1. I found a video before where the Apple company explained their reasons of removing certain features to move forward. And I think in the long run, it works. It is just that people get used to the regular USB ports that it is hard to adapt. Especially that Apple is the only one doing it (I believe).

  2. Rea Rea

    I want the new P9!!! LOL. Still happy with my Oppo though. Now expect Apple to do something crazy every now and then. Woot woot. Innovation at its finest.

    Hahaha. Guys listen to the podcast for the intriguing story and some more x-deals. Hehehe

  3. I think it’s a good marketing strategy for the customers be driven more to apple products. They don’t want to be as flexible as microsoft. But this could be an advantage with its high end security. It’s like trust no one hahaha

  4. Jay Jay

    Whew crazy rumors from Apple! Very innovative!-Jay

  5. I’m not sure about Apple’s move with the USB ports. Maybe, nabag-uhan pa lang ko. But I’n sure people will accept it in the long run because bisag unsaon pa nla, Apple is great jud with their products

  6. Personally, I can appreciate Apple’s thinking of trying to innovate, but at the same time, I’ve also felt before, and including this time around, that their steps just sideways, maybe even backwards. I’m not sure where they’ll be heading with their portless future, really. I just hope the consumers don’t end up getting the short end of the stick til then.

  7. It’s easier to have a single port do everything. WHY INVENT MIMO WHEN NO ONE EVEN USES IT FOR GOD’S SAKE?!

  8. I believe it is a marketing strategy so that people will get more inclined to Apple products and to feed those Apple addicts with new innovation. Plus, it makes them unique.

  9. To more Tech updates sa Blogger Banters. Di na ko mo-comment sa Macbook kay nice ra baya ang Apple especially if ma-sponsor sila nako. Jk Hahahaha

  10. Di pa ko ka relate kay wa pakoy MacBook… hahaha
    But this backlash is just temporary and people will accept it eventually and see the real reason why apple is doing it! It’s our nature that we tend to be so comfortable of using something that when it’s removed and replaced with something else, we tend to have this common reaction. But everything will be better, people will get use to it eventually and the cycle goes on and on ?.

  11. Kat Kat

    My gosh, wa pajud ko ka own ug MacBook and I’d love to have this. Also, bisag dili pana mu drop ang price, ka afford lage japon ka! Haha 😛

  12. I maybe mad because of what apple is doing but if I get another windfall, I am pretty sure I am going to the closest Apple brand and but the new macbook. I need a laptop and the MacBook is on the top of my list. 2nd on the list is Air hahahah.

  13. Yey for USB-C! Huawei P9 uses one and it’s hard to borrow chargers because of it. Hahaha. I can’t wait for everyone else to use it. 😀

    • I want USB-C but I don’t like adapters and the new MacBook Pro is INSANELY expensive even without the Touch Bar at P83,990! Hahaha

  14. Another innovative act from Apple company. This brand has been making remarkable name in the market. I wish to have one soon when i have enough fund.

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