Apple just announced their new laptop with only one port on it- a USB Type C connector. This was a strange move for a company which has previously pushed their Thunderbolt standard.
At first, people may be upset by this change, because they have to buy new adapters for their devices. But as we see more devices adopting the USB Type C standard, having to purchase these new adapters will become easier to swallow.
Over the next few years, we will likely see more and more devices support this standard. And that’s a really good thing. Here’s why:
- Reversible. This is something that will alleviate a pain point for many people. We all know the frustration of trying 1, 2, and 3 times to get your USB plug to go in before it finally is in the right orientation. That won’t be a problem anymore, since USB Type C can be inserted either way.
- Speed. USB Type C will drive a maximum of 10 Gbps, double the speed of USB 3.0, which can only run 5 Gbps. Meanwhile, USB 2.0 could only drive 480 Mbps. In other words, one of these cables can move just over 1 gigabyte every second.
- Power: The USB 2.0 standard called for 500 mA for up to 2.5 watts, while USB 3.0 called for 900 mA for up to 4.5 watts. USB Type C is rated for a whopping 5 amps (5,000 mA). This is more than 5 times the rated amperage for USB 3.0. This means that devices can potentially charge much faster when equipped with a USB Type C connector.
- Power can flow in two directions. This means that devices like Apple’s new laptop can use the same port for charging the internal battery, while also being able to charge an external device.
- Same plug on both ends. A USB Type-C cable will have the same plug on either end of the cable. This means that you don’t need to find the right end of the cable to use, since the cable is symmetrical.
[pull_quote_center]”While USB technology is well established as the favored choice for connecting and powering devices, we recognize the need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman, in a statement. “The new Type-C connector will fit well with the market’s direction and affords an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB.”[/pull_quote_center]