Change is the nature of progress. Nothing improves without change. Technology changes in such a way that we hold onto the past while we step toward the future. What’s the perfect example? Dongles.
A dongle had an original purpose which seems rather quaint today, but suffice it to say that most of us do not like dongles. Most of them are adapters that bridge the present to the past. Big ugly USB cable, meet USB-C cable.
Love? Or, Hate?
A few years ago Apple removed the ancient headphone jack from iPhones. Progress? Or, painful reality? If you own a pair of wired headphones then it’s likely you grabbed a few extra Lightning-to-Headphone jack adapters to bridge the past to the future. Members of the technorati elite politburo hated Apple for bringing the future to iPhone users.
Yet, many who decry changes Apple brings us– that often require a dongle to keep older devices and accessories working– also embrace the mother of all dongles– the hub.
How cool is this?
If you hate dongles how can you possibly love a dongle hub? The one from Anker handles seven different connectors; three USB-3, one USB-C, one HDRMI, one SD Card, and one MicroSD card.
Don’t blame Apple for dongles. Blame geeks who love dongle magnets.
It’s no secret that Macs could use a few more ports, and you can say the same about many modern thin-and-light Windows laptops, too.
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It isn’t just the Mac or Windows notebooks that need extra ports to handle extra connectors and dongles. Even the iPad Pro has a plugin dock that attracts dongles like a magnet.
What’s not to like?
Dongles and hubs are inelegant connectivity solutions in an imperfect world; a necessary artifact of evolution. Remember, nothing improves without change, and dongles and hubs are the love child of when the future meets the past.
We may hate dongles and docks but for many of us they serve a distinct purpose. Connectivity.