The display can power the computer.
That 1 cable provides power from the display to the computer, display data to the display and 5 GB data transfer for the USB ports built into the display for secondary storage devices (flash sticks, etc).
Actually if you want to use external displays I dont think Apple wants to go that route. And i think this is something Apple might not have considered enough or it might have thought that it would not be a dealbreaker on the new macbook. The problem is HDCP encrypted content. This is a real dealbreaker for me getting a laptop of this kind. Not being able to watch encrypted content on an external display eg. itunes rentals is just bad choice I think. I would NOT have left that thunderbolt port out...
Good lord. There is no problem. USB-C supports native Displayport signals. That means current DP->HDMI/HDCP conversions work in DP alt mode.
"Along with utilizing USB lanes for DP lanes, the DP Alt Mode standard also includes provisions for reconfiguring the Type-C secondary bus (SBU) to carry the DisplayPort AUX channel. This half-duplex channel is normally used by DisplayPort devices to carry additional non-video data such as audio, EDID, HDCP, touchscreen data, MST topology data, and more."
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"Rare"? I think not. In a worst-case scenario, you have a 50% chance of getting it right. I wouldn't call a 50% chance "rare".
That's like saying I drive my car half of the time and my wife drives my car the other half of the time and claiming that I rarely drive my car.
Think of it as really just an iPad with wings.
It's 50-50, hardly a "worst case". A worst case that happens 50% of the time.
What apple needs to do is create a mag port version of the USB-C
How about short MagSafe dongle adapters. You put Part A into the MacBook and Part B at the end of the cord. $89.95.
$140 isn't bad for a dock.
If you are used to buying things for the the US military.
If you don't have a clear view and good lighting, etc, It never fits on the first 2 attempts.
Its unbelievable that they didn't make it reversible years ago.
3.0 with all its bastardized connectors, should never have happened.