Technology trends digital trends The MacBook Pro’s ports have returned, but there’s one glaring omission

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The new MacBook Pro’s improved port selection is a reason to be proud. Apple acknowledged this during its Unleashed presentation.

But it’s not perfect.

technology trends  digital trends Connectivity on the new 2021 Macbook Pro. SD reader, USB-C port, HDMI port.

Apple has added HDMI and a full-sized SD slot to Thunderbolt 4, which is a useful addition. The SD card slot allows for direct transfers to a camera and the HDMI port allows for external connections without having to use one of your Thunderbolt ports.

But, as noted in the technical specifications this version of HDMI doesn’t represent the most recent. It is HDMI 2.0, not 2.1. This leaves some power open.

HDMI 2.0 can connect to a 4K display, but is limited to just 60 frames per second (fps). HDMI 2.1 ups the ante to 4K at 120 fps, or 8K at 60 fps. I know that might not sound like the end of the world, but many creator-focused or gaming laptops coming out in 2021 have included it as a standard port.

Can you really call this the most advanced connectivity with HDMI 2.1? It is not.

MacRumors points it out that this is a strange oversight since the Apple TV has an HDMI 2.1 port.

To be fair, Apple is likely looking at its Pro Display XDR, which is also stuck at HDMI 2.0 and 60Hz. Apple envisions you connecting three Pro Display XDRs to your MacBook Pro (because who doesn’t have three?). Not an Apple TV.

While there is some truth to this statement, you want something that will last for a decade when you spend thousands of dollars on a laptop.

technology trends  digital trends Lifestyle image of someone using the new Macbook Pro 2021.

Besides HDMI 2.1, many accessories still don’t use USB-C ports. These ports were much less likely to be returned, despite the fact many accessories don’t yet use USB-C .


If you’re coming from a post-2016 MacBook Pro, though, you likely aren’t complaining. You are probably more excited to be able to connect with more displays and transfer content directly from your camera.

Apple cut back ports to only USB-C back in 2016, much to the duress of the professional community. Thunderbolt’s power was great, but the main complaint about this era of MacBooks was its lack of convenience.

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