Originally Posted by Conrail
Ha! You'll be lucky to get that many ports on a new Mac Pro. Whatever the new MBP form factor is, it'll have half that many ports.
If they remove the FW800 and ethernet ports, there is plenty room for 4 x USB and 2 x Thunderbolt ports but they might cut the number of ports down. I don't think that would be a good move though as you couldn't plug in a USB ethernet adaptor, a mouse and a USB pen at the same time.
Originally Posted by emacs72
it's not that simple. a business case will have to made to support notebooks without Ethernet connectivity. and, most likely, a security audit conducted to see whether it's worthwhile.
Originally Posted by mausz
I'm not going to use an usb-ethernet adapter (speed issues, and because I don't buy a laptop to carry adapters around)
USB 2 ethernet adaptors are slower but Thunderbolt ones should be fine. Apple even includes a Gigabit ethernet port on their Cinema display.
On the subject of carrying adaptors, there will be a crowd of people saying they don't want to carry round an external DVD drive, a crowd who don't want to carry round HDMI and VGA adaptors for Mini Displayport, a crowd who don't like a sealed in battery and would rather carry a spare battery than a power supply and maybe even a crowd who don't like carrying an external mouse because they can't work the trackpad.
It turns out that none of these crowds have any effect whatsoever on Apple's product design and rightly so. The ethernet port has to go eventually, so either those people will have to leave a USB or Thunderbolt adaptor plugged into the ethernet cable they don't carry round with them or buy another laptop.