If you know what is USB-C you will know why it is 100% on the cards as the next iteration and why it is so much in demand.
Ideally, most people use micro-USB as they are most used to it. This is the most commonly found standard. You will see it being used in:
- Android phone
- BlackBerry handsets and
- Windows phone as well as in
- Nooks and almost every other piece of consumer electronics except iPhone and iPad.
In recent past years, the use of micro USB was the standard mobile charging, data port, and cable. This is because the EU legislature made it mandatory for the distribution of such devices.
On the other hand, Apple still uses the Lightning connector but in order to fit in with the legislation, Apple provides an adaptor with each of their devices. However, Apple has started testing the usb c hub with ethernet and hdmi in its iPhone prototypes that is in circulation inside the Cupertino HQ.
However, in spite of such testing, it is yet to be seen and is a completely different thing whether or not Apple will eventually adopt USB Type-C. This is because the company staunchly supports and focuses on its lightening port technology. Experts believe that this technology is not going anywhere soon or anytime.
Picking it up from right here and looking forward to the future of USB Type-C, you will see that right from its beginning when Apple introduced its MacBook it had a number of prominent new features such as:
- A thinner body
- A gold color option and
- A brand new keyboard.
These are all unmistakably an “Apple” feature but the new MacBook also had an additional new feature which was typically not created by the company and that is the USB Type-C port.
Google, on the other hand, is not to be outdone by Apple and they introduced just days later its new Chromebook Pixel. This sported not one but two USB Type-C ports
What does this mean? It means that there has to be something very good and useful in it given the fact that two of the biggest tech companies of the world are competing with each other to incorporate a new connection port in their latest laptops.
The next iteration
USB type-C is different though for starters it may look the same. In reality, this helps in faster data transfer throughput as well as powering up the device. In comparison you will see that:
- USB 1.0 has a theoretical data speed of 12 Mbits per second
- USB 2.0 has a much higher 480 Mbits per second
- USB 3.0 has notched it up to 640 Mbits per second but
- USB Type-C or USB 3.1 is officially known to have a data rate of up to 7.2 Gbits per second.
However, speed is not its only benefit. You can plug either end of the cable as each of itis perfectly symmetrical. The orientation agnostic prevents any damage to the cable or the ports of your computer because there is nothing ‘wrong way’ in it.