Apple’s Phil Schiller addresses the controversies over the new MacBook Pros

In an interview with The Independent, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, addresses the controversy surrounding the new MacBook Pros and Apple’s lack of desktop announcements at the recent “hello, again” event. You should read the entire article, but here are some of the highlights:

  • Why no SD card slot: “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.”
  • Why keep the headphone jack on the laptop but ditch it on the iPhone 7/7 Plus: “If it was just about headphones then it doesn’t need to be there, we believe that wireless is a great solution for headphones. But many users have setups with studio monitors, amps, and other pro audio gear that do not have wireless solutions and need the 3.5mm jack.”
  • “We love the Mac and are as committed to it, in both desktops and notebooks, as we ever have been.”
  • Apple’s online store has had more orders for the new MacBook Pro than any other pro notebook before it.
  • macOS and iOS will always be different and independent of each other.