CES 2017 | OWC dock for MacBook Pro adds ports, storage, and thickness
Apple's late-October release of the 2016 MacBook Pros revealed the company had sacrificed a lot—perhaps too much, some would say—for a sleek design. Mac upgrades vendor OWC says it's going to "make MacBooks 'Pro' again" by adding back ports, storage, upgradability—and a lot of heft.
The OWC DEC (pronounced "deck") is a base that attaches to the bottom of the MacBook, with versions for both the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros. OWC says the DEC is made from aircraft-grade aluminum with a finish to match those of the MacBooks' for more seamless integration. Once connected, the DEC offers (at the moment) 2-3 USB Type A ports, an SD card slot, and Ethernet. This comes at the cost of additional weight and thickness: altogether, your 2016 MacBook Pro will more closely resemble a 2012 MacBook Pro once it is attached.
The model shown at CES is an early prototype. OWC says that In the future, they will add up to 4TB of SSD storage, batteries, and additional yet-to-be-announced features. The DEC with a 4TB drive will likely cost around US$1400 once it starts shipping in Spring 2017.