USB Type C: It’s History and Why You Need It
Apple has already made its marks to the future of computers by installing only one port that does everything. This controversial design of the new Macbook makes it more of a hassle than being practical. As for others, using only USB type-C in the port of the new Macbook is a genius innovation.
What makes USB Type C better and why would you want to upgrade to this new connector will be explained in this article.
What is USB Type C?
It is a well-known fact that you have to spin the USB three times before it will fit to the port. USB-Type C solves this problem by using a universal connector that you can insert in either way.
Also this new USB type has a speed throughput of twice than USB 3.0 and has more power. That is why Apple eliminates the need for many connectors as one USB type-C can pretty much do everything.
Although some may find that obtrusive and not practical, Apple believes that it is the only port you need. Other manufacturers like Google have two USB type C and two regular USB 3.0 ports. This approach is obviously preferable but it makes the device thicker.
The USB Type A is the original design of the USB standard. It is the dreaded and mysterious connector that we’ve all grown to love. USB Type A comes in three versions: USB 1.1, USB 2.2 and even the newer version USB 3.0 still adapt to the Type A design.
This means that Type A will always be compatible with the Type A port even if the device uses a different version than the port. USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 for example, can run in USB 3.0 ports and USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 can also work in USB 3.0 ports.
The difference with these versions come with the speed. USB 1.1 has a speed of only 12Mbps. USB 2.0 has a speed of 480MBps, and USB 3.0 on the other hand, has a speed of 5Gbps. Five years later, USB 3.1 was released and it has a peak speed of 10Gbps.
The Type B connector is the other end of the standard USB cable that is then plugged into a device. Since the peripherals vary in shape and size, the Type B connectors come in different sizes, but the Type A end still remains the same. You”re already familiar with type B as these are the ones you use for your printers, scanners, mobile phones, etc.
A slightly smaller version of the USB standard ports which are found in early versions of digital cameras, tablets, smartphones and mobile devices. All modern devices don’t use Mini-USBs anymore.
This is the most popular design and is often used in portable devices like smartphones, smartwatches, digital cameras, etc. It is currently the most popular USB port design for tablets and smartphones.
Type C port and connector are just about the same size of the Micro-USB; however the size is slightly smaller that it can work even in the smallest of peripheral devices. Type C does not replace USB 2.0 or 3.0 – it refers to the plug itself and the new possible interface of USB 3.1. Type C will be very much associated with USB 3.1 but it has no guarantee that device using USB 3.1 will use the Type C connector.
Another important feature of the Type C connector is that it allows devices to negotiate for up to 100W of power. This is ten times better compared to previous USB designs that were only able to implement a 10W power. Expect that printers and other devices that rely on power bricks before won’t be using one with USB type C.
Type C is your do-it-everything connector. A Type C connector won’t just charge your smartphone or transfer files, it can also let the portable device send audio, video and connects to devices such as portable hard drives while also receiving power. This feature is best seen in Apple Macbooks where it lets users do this with two cables – type C on the other hand will just use one cable.
The New USB Type C connector will have reversible ends. It will have faster charging and quicker data transfer thanks to USB 3.1.
Type C’s today
If you didn’t know, it’s not just the Macbook that embraced this new technology. Here are some USB Type C devices in existence today.
Sandisk 32GB Flash Drive
Sandisk has a USB flash drive that implements USB Type-A and Type-C ports. This dual drive Type C will connect to PCs and Macs.
Motherboards with Type-C connectors
If you want to future-proof your PC builds, there are already motherboards in retail stores that has an included USB Type-C ports. These ports will support the new USB 3.1 protocol and is capable of transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps.
Apple decided to embrace the technology of USB Type C in their latest version of thunderbolt – the Thunderbolt 3. Through this implementation, Thunderbolt 3 has double the speed of Thunderbolt 2 (40Gbps compared to 20Gbps in Thunderbolt 2). Intead of the proprietary port, this version will use the standard USB type-C port.
This is a step forward for Apple and simplifies the messy sea of ports found in laptops and mobile devices and makes it accessible to a larger group of consumers than before. Thunderbolt 3 can also support dual 4K 60Hz display and has 10Gb of ethernet connection between computers. This new version is also compatible with existing USB devices and cables.
USB type C is the next best thing to happen in the modern computing industry. Along with USB 3.1, it will have speeds of up to 10Gbps and has the capability to be the only cable you’ll need to connect to almost anything.
This further minimizes the use of many ports and cables to connect a device to many peripherals. Which is also the reason Apple decided to use only one USB type C port to the new Macbook.