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MacBook Pro accessory adds ports that the 2016 model lacks

It makes the new laptop as chunky as the 2012 model, though.
Mariella Moon, @mariella_moon
January 4, 2017
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As you know by now, you have to learn to embrace dongle-city if you want to buy Apple's latest products. A component supplier called OWC has unveiled a different kind of expansion solution for the 2016 MacBook Pro's lack of ports, though. It's called the DEC, and it's a slab that sticks to the bottom of the laptop to add up to 4TB of additional flash or SSD storage, an SD card slot, full-size USB 3.0 ports and an Ethernet jack for wired internet.

That's a whole lot of additional features you might be missing from the older MacBooks. The downside is that it makes your new laptop as chunky as the 2012 model. From a depth of around 0.6 inches, you'll now have a machine that's almost an inch thick. OWC Chief Larry O'Connor said the company has been developing the concept for more than three years. "[We] feel now is the perfect time for this groundbreaking product," he added.

The company doesn't have a release date and pricing info for the DEC yet, but it will showcase the accessory at CES this week.

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