Written by Jared Haworth on
So, like many an Apple fanatic today, I spent some time around 1pm EDT watching various live feeds from sites like Gizmodo and Engadget, waiting with breathless anticipation to see which new MacBook rumors would pan out.
I’m definitely impressed by the changes I’ve seen, but I’d like to share with you how I’m certain that Apple is working harder to emphasize the gap between the consumer level MacBook and the MacBook Pro.
Prior to today, a MacBook Pro came with a full-sized DVI port, so users could easily connect to a projector, external monitor, or Cinema Display. But with today’s announcement of the slimmer size, and the new “DisplayPort” connector for the entire MacBook line, your options for external displays are now as follows:
If you do any public speaking, you probably connect your MBP to a projector to display your Keynote slides. You’ll now have to purchase a $29.99 DisplayPort to VGA adapter.
If you use a digital external monitor at home or work with a screen size of less than or equal to 23”, you’ll now have to purchase an additional $29.99 DisplayPort to DVI adapter, because you can’t use a DVI to VGA dongle on the Apple DVI adapter.
And if you’re fortunate enough to have a 30” monitor or Cinema Display, you’ll have to pony up an additional $99.99 for the DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter.
So how do I know it’s a business computer? These are the sort of “Eh, the company will pick up the tab for it” easy add-ons akin to an auto dealer’s Undercarriage Wax or Destination Charge. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but it seems to me if you’re going to sell a $2,500 ($2,850 if Applecare matters to you) computer, you ought to throw in the adapters for free. So, when you look at the new MacBook, and you find that you’re impressed by it’s slimmer size, or it’s lighter weight, remember that it cost you an undisclosed $160 premium to achieve.