- Jul 30, 2012
- HD4600 / RX 570
- Mobile Phone
I'm not sure exactly when but it seems like Apple ditched all USB 2 ports on new Macs about 8 years ago. You can still find them on new PC hardware motherboards, along with VGA ports. Having a couple of onboard USB 2 ports actually helps us when we use PC hardware to make a hackintosh. You can use them for booting the USB installer when USB 3 ports don't work.When you total USB3 ports with their USB2 side too, and the USB2-only ports, we often go way beyond 15.
This is how they can set the limit at 15 for Macs. Most have 4 USB 3.0 ports or fewer. We're lucky they even set the number of ports allowed as high as 15. Soon they may all disappear in new Macs in favor of thunderbolt type C ports.