Absolutely! And without a stupid dongle to carry around.
In any case, why relegate one of your high-bandwidth connectors (USB-C) to simply juicing up your laptop? Sure, a $85 dongle will provide data-throughput while charging... Why not put that simple DC-charging port, w/Mag-Safe, back in?
I don't care if the new MBP is 0.5 mm thinner. Nuts to that! It needs energy, in any user situation, so provide a 'dumb' plug (or Mag-Safe) that lets me charge-up without a tangle of wires?!?!!!?!!11??? Others will still have the option of wasting a USB-C high-capacity data-transfer port on just letting some DC juice in, even if the Mag-Safe is NOT removed.
Dear Apple, every user will consider the Power-to-USB-C adapter as part of the weight they must lug around every day. You did not do yourself a favor by saving a few grams and half-of-a-millimeter on the "laptop unit proper". Please don't let the marketers take over the Asylum!
Apple marketers have always been able to figure out what everyone "will want to have, if only it existed", but it is up to the designers and engineers to determine "whether that change will win or drive-away loyal Apple customers", and will help to bring in new ones. Apple has always embodied the essence of design–– Form–Follows–Function. Unfortunately, a worrying trend has been emerging at Apple.
The new MBP performs admirably, but only if you purchase $300 worth of adapters and splitters along with their new Mac laptop computer. And no 32 GB option for RAM? WTF? And I can't "feel for" the Esc key any more?!?!?111?? When I work, I look at the screen, NOT the keyboard. Soft-keys are for ATMs.
Jonny, I beg you, please reconsider MagSafe at least as an optional "extra" port. Form follows function, as you know and have in the past demonstrated astoundingly well. But for now, I will stick to keeping my past five generations of MBPs maxed-out and doing what I need. When I require a desktop computer (which the new MBP w/o MagSafe really is) or a server rack, I am going to draw on my 30 years of computer experience and buy the type of machine that will perform as I want. Probably a gray desktop box, unfortunately, with my MBP restricted to being a thin client – even when I am overseas!
So sad. I set up one of the first large-scale Mac computer labs at a major University that allowed students to save their work in their own private, secure space. That was in 1995, and I think the product was called "Mac Server" or something like that. This was in the days of OS 8 and OS 9! 23 computers, one slave as a server, and all worked swimmingly. Students could use any computer to access their works-in-progress. It was magic!
But now, it looks like I am going to have to rent a VPS to allow globe-trotting while having access to all of my scientific heritage. That will involve some Linux, most likely, because Apple seems to have abandoned their server rack-mount hardware. I have a static IP, and would happily use an OS X Server Unit to save me the setup and cross-platform hassles, but that market is apparently being abandoned, along with the Pro A/V market. Logic is fine, but I've heard of increasingly long update cycles on photo and video-related Apple software. How can you ditch audio when part of the foundation of Logic is built on Apple Evangelist Alberto Ricci's 1994 software "SoundMaker", along with the amazing variety of signal-processing variations using the Mike Norris-programmed, FFT-based plugins, now downloadable as AUs? (He's a concert musician in New Zealand now.) To finish my tangent within this paragraph, I can honestly say that I derived far more pleasure recording and mixing 16-bit, 44.2 kHz multi-track songs (up to 20 stereo tracks) way back in 1995 than I do now. Even knowing the physical background, and teaching a class on the topic, I find it hard to drill down to the guts of an AU plugin synth or stomp box. Back in the day we'd just type in values and listen. Don't get me wrong: Software is way friendlier, but the software synths all just sound like pre-designed "demo" options, even after extensive tweaking, rather than feeling like mucking around with an actual Moog. Yes, 'Sculpture' is great, but that was there in Logic Pro 9. Maybe I'm stalled on the new-interface learning-curve – in which case an intro course suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
But getting back to the roots, it seems like Apple has lost its soul. The move to USB was prescient. The iPod was revolutionary. And running a single desktop as a server to 23 other computers, without too much lag (in 1995) was great.
Getting back to now, it's clear that USB-C (Thunderbolt-3) ports are the next logical step after USB has run its course. But, I will not buy a new MBP that requires me to purchase a $300 bag-full of dongles! All laptops need power, so just use a wall-wart transformer and bring back the MagSafe! An $85 pass-through that lets charging DC power through, while also providing a USB-C port for something that actually needs a data transfer rate is just plain silly. SILLY!
Jonny, Please prevent your marketing department from making any more design decisions.