Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Dongle Town

Having a bunch of ports facing me is totally a sin against the Church of Ive. - Stephen Hackett
Today my iPad Pro arrived and I went to restore the backup from my previous iPad Pro except, there was a problem. The new iPad Pro has a USB Type-C connector and my MacBook Air has a USB Type-A connector. The iPad Pro comes with a USB Type-C to USB Type-C connector, so that won't work. After sighing for a moment, I jumped into the car and headed to the Apple Store.
Staring at the wall of Dongle Town, I was hoping I would see a USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable. That would have been perfect, but there was no such cable on the wall. I sucked up my pride and grabbed and Apple Store employee to explain my dilemma. He wasn't sure. I pulled out my new iPad and my older MacBook Air and he stared at the wall of dongles for a moment and finally said, "let me grab someone else real quick."
With the new store employee coming over, he did the script, "This is Jordan, and he is trying to connect his new iPad Pro to his older MacBook Air." The new employee stared at the dongle wall... and finally said, "Umm, I actually don't think we sell anything that can solve this problem for you." To which I said, "That's not true, you sell those new MacBooks Pro and MacBooks Air which both would be able to do it...."