Introducing the New USB Standard: USB Type-C

By Ryan Koss

Chances are that you make use of Universal Serial Bus cables on a daily basis. If that term doesn’t sound familiar, you probably know the technology by its initials: USB.

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Apple’s new Macbook features a single USB Type-C port, seen here next to the headphone jack.

Despite the fact that these cables power our most prized gadgets, they can also be the source of much frustration. With a different cord for your tablet, phone and laptop, it can become difficult just keeping track of them.

Apple is bringing the way that we power our devices and transfer our data together as one.

Apple’s new Macbook is pushing the industry forward by including a single USB Type-C port on its machine. By including only one port, Apple is bringing the way that we power our devices and transfer our data together as one.

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USB Type-C cable (left) is only slightly larger than Apple’s Lightning cable (right).

Designed by electronics engineers from Microsoft, Lenovo, Apple and more, USB Type-C is meant to do it all. With the ability to output 20 volts and transfer data at speeds up to 10Gbps, USB Type-C cables will power your new Macbook, transfer files, and even transmit HD video to another device. And at only 8.4mm by 2.6mm, USB Type-C cables are just a tad larger than Apple’s lightning cable.

USB Type-C ports are expected to begin making their way to smartphones, cameras and more laptops later this year.