There’s a bunch of different new ports out there that you might have seen HDMI 2.0 display Port, Thunderbolt and lightning just to name a few. They’re all pioneered by different manufacturers because they all have different purposes, they’re all built to do different things.
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Thunderbolt, for example, designed by Intel and made specifically to attach peripherals to a computer. Lightning is designed by Apple, it’s made specifically to charge and connect low power accessories like iPhones and iPads and seemingly out of nowhere we get this USB C. A new port but the key to USB C is the U, its universal.
USB can be used by anyone anywhere, it’s not proprietary and that’s why pretty much every new android phone you see out there has a USB port of some kind.
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USB C is USB 3.1. So you have probably seen a computer with USB 2.0 ports, everywhere and over the past couple of years, we’ve seen more and more of these USB 3.0 ports. Those are the super speed ones that usually have a blue color on the inside. so USB 3.1 and the smaller type C connector, the port is called USB type C. USB 2.0 and 3.0 come in the form of full-size USB, but also micro USB and mini USB and a bunch of other versions.
USB 3.1 is just one tiny port. so you have it in laptops you can also have it in computers and tablets and smartphones and monitors pretty much everything can use this tiny port.
How is USB 3.1 type C better than USB 2.0 or 3.0
- it’s smaller and thinner so it can fit in the thinnest of the thin devices along with all the thick normal size
- it’s super versatile, it can carry up to a hundred watts of power so you can charge full-size electronics and it can carry data at up to 10 gigabits per second, which is super high data transfer rate, you can run a 4K monitor off of this you can run a super-fast SSD rate into something off of this it’s very fast and very powerful
- it’s backward compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0 and it’s reversible so you can plug it in the right way the first time every single time
Is it going to be popular in the future?
Yes, it’s going to be everywhere. Last Years Macbook pro and iPad both had it. Expect to see this port is not only a bunch of laptops but a bunch of tablets and a bunch of future smartphones and basically anywhere you see a USB port now whether it’s full size or micro USB or many USB. Expect that to turn into a USB-C port pretty soon.
So we’ll get this in products from not just Apple and Google but Samsung andRoll blah and Asus and there’s actually already a Nokia and one tablet would just a USB type-c port already. I also check out this clip from a Google video and you can say what you want about what the next Nexus looks like already but I think there’s a pretty good indication that that too will have a USB C port.