As we step cautiously into the unknown of 2017, one thing is for sure: we can rely on Apple to continue to make its devices not backwardly compatible or open-format. But fear not; there is a light on the horizon.
The machine definitely has its pluses, but the release of the latest MacBook Pro came as a bit of a blow even for Apple fans. The Cupertino company ditched both HDMI ports and SD card readers with its most recent notebook, meaning that even long-time Mac users will be forced to adopt the company’s proprietary cables or carry around a nest of dongles to ensure connectivity with their other devices.
But there is hope. Unveiled on crowdfunding website Kickstarter, the HyperDrive aims to return connectivity to the MacBook Pro. The fledgling product has already gained $1,200,000 in backing — $200K more than the company’s initial goal — and at the time of writing, there are still nine days left on the campaign.
Here’s what has got people so excited:
In short, the HyperDrive port works with the new Apple Thunderbolt 3 USB port and makes all of your devices accessible on your new MacBook. The problem with the new MacBook Pro is that it ONLY has Thunderbolt 3 ports. This means that if you have any devices, be they keyboards, mice or even chargers, that have an earlier model, they will no longer work with these ports. The same is true of memory cards and hard drives. Unlike with older versions of USB, like USB 2.0 etc, the port is physically different, so simply will not work with older devices. This is Apple’s way, it seems, of trying to lure you into their new range of devices, under the veil of better performance.
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So, here comes HyperDrive to the rescue. Designed to work with the Thunderbolt 3 USB ports, it will convert the sockets your older accessories use into the new Thunderbolt ports. This will give you full access to use your new MacBook how you see fit, and not be limited to Apple’s new constraints.
There doesn’t appear to be any end to this trend with Apple, so it is safe to assume that accessories like the HyperDrive port and the ASAP connect will continue to gain popularity and Kickstarter backers.
You can join the Kickstarter campaign here: HyperDrive Port