Mar 15, 2015

Toofy-Blue And Why-Fye Too : USB-C MacBook Looks To Wireless For Mac Gadget Hookups

Apple's introduction of the next generation 12 inch Early 2015 MacBook laptop has introduced the world to a tiny, tiny Universal Serial Bus Type-C connector for both data and charging. USB-C is a fraction of the size of familiar Type-A connectors, and its essential for delivering razor thin laptop computers and handheld devices of the future. Much as with the very-first MacBook Air, the limitations of having just one port for all your existing USB peripherals will be a bit frustrating even with the addition of soon-to-ship external USB-C hardware like dongles, adapters, and device sharing hubs.

Apples' ultimate intention thinks beyond USB itself to push MacBook users towards a much more wireless framework of connectivity using both 802 11 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless devices. As such, expect the demand for and interest in Mac compatible wireless accessories to increase even more.

A handful of years back I had the good sense to prognosticate an un-wired Mac future and built a website: to try to address what at the time was a nascent, emerging new class of Mac computer peripherals. The very first STEREO Bluetooth speakers were only reaching the market back then. (See ) Prior to that, they had been one piece monophonic Bluetooth headsets only suitable for cell phone calls and voice frequencies, not hi-fi stereo music playback. Apple was still evolving with Rendezvous and Bonjour automatic device discovery but it still hadn't matured it into the now common Apple AirPrint technology for easy printing from any nearby Mac or iGadget. Wireless Bluetooth keyboards, track pads, graphic pads and mice were available back then, but not nearly as ubiquitous as they are today. Wireless was still 'new' and not as nearly as established as it is now.

Sadly, I let that website languish for too long. The trend towards wireless connectivity made it difficult to keep up with the endless stream of new Bluetooth and Wi-Fi gadgets that were hitting the market. Google punished the website in 2012 and traffic dried up anyways -- so it didn't seem to be worth spending much time on. But fast-forward to 2015. Not only do we have an established market, but best-selling and highly refined 802.11 WiFi and Bluetooth products have risen to the top of consumers minds. Totally new categories of wireless accessories have emerged. Battery life has improved drastically which is important given that RE-charging many portable Wireless and Bluetooth gadgets is still required.

So a complete re-think and rewrite of is underway. It's also being given a responsive website theme so that iPhone and iPad users will have an easy time viewing and exploring the site. And it also features some pretty incredible wireless gear any Mac user would love to own along with their new 2-pound retina MacBook.

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