Why the tech community should stop whining over Apple removing ports

It seems like everyone embraces disruption, except when it actually happens.

First never follows, who dares wins, Think different, Just do it and so on. In the tech community we embrace change and those who dare to bring it.

But when Apple released the iPhone 7 my Twitter feed consisted mainly of one kind of post. It looked like this:

Everyone was angry because Apple actually forced them to change their behaviour. It’s a common human reaction to be skeptic of change and it’s probably a smart defence mechanism deriving from our ancestors time on the savannah. What’s interesting is that it’s the change-embracing tech community that complaints the most over Apple forcing change.

The complaints got even louder recently when the new MacBook Pro was released. As you know they removed every single port in favour of four Thunderbolt ports. Now I have no way to connect my screen, my projector, my SD cards, my external hard drive og my headphones. What a headache.

But let’s imagine for a second that no one ever forced these changes upon us. It would mean that our daily lives would still be full of these (It’s about the oldest port I can remember in my fairly limited time-span):

Or these:

Do we honestly miss them? At one point someone somewhere have probably been pissed they couldn’t connect their projector or use their copy of Microsoft Office on their new laptop. But today we are pretty grateful not having to find room for a collection of CD-ROMs or screwing with the tip of our thumb and pointing fingers on the tiny screws of the VGA every time we need to show a keynote.

By replacing old ports with newer, smarter ones Apple is forcing the rest of the industry to follow. It means that in a couple of years we will see screens, projectors, cameras, external hard drives etc. all ship with Thunderbolt as standard, if they are not completely wireless.

So please stop whining and embrace the fact that Apple is forcing us to use smaller, faster and more uniform ports in the future.