The modern standard connector for charging and data on the latest phones and laptops is the USB Type-C. Although not all, most of the prominent notebooks including HP Elitebook x360, the Apple MacBook Pro and laptops employ this powerful port. It comes with USB 3.1 speeds that allow you to copy files and give enough power to charge devices or use Alt Mode to send different types of data using DisplayPort or Thunderbolt 3 connections.
Another type of USB Type-C, USB 3.2, is being looked forward to come soon. It will double the regular USB Type-C speeds at 20Mbps, however, is half of Thunderbolt 3 speeds. The good thing is that when you move up to a laptop that works with it, it will chip away at all of your current cables, so no compelling reason to look out for buying them.
USB-C is not a new standard
The important thing to understand about USB-C is that unlike USB 1.1, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 or the very latest USB 3.1, USB-C is not a new standard. These upgrades center around determining what the connection can do as far as speed and feature upgrades are concerned, whereas USB-C has to do with the physical connection, as with micro USB and mini USB.
Is headphone is going to be end
A PC-giant Intel is making efforts to urge the business to forsake the reliable old 3.5mm connector we all use for headphones. You would have already fathomed what the proposed substitution would be. That’s right, USB Type-C.
You may think if there’s a problem with the 3.5mm standard, and where it misses the mark regarding USB-C. In reality, there are many issues. First among those issues is headphone jacks are massive. Apple courageously dumped the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, since it has been viewed as a key hurdle in keeping phones from getting significantly more slender. USB-C, on the contrary, is favorably flat.
More notably, it is one of the last remaining analog connection standards still being used today. It is in the industry since the 1960s, and it is only valuable for doing one thing: transmitting sound.
USB-C, on the other hand, is not only a digital connection, which ensures a base level of sound quality; it can perform various tasks as well. For instance, a pair of USB-C earphones could play high-quality music while at the same time counting your pulse and giving that data back to your phone.
Concerns and the fate of USB-C
There are concerns regarding the physical design of USB-C; the connector appears somewhat delicate with a hollow attachment and a fragile tab in the socket. Conversely, Apple’s Lightning employs a tough thick metal attachment that is undeniably stronger.
More importantly, there’s a ton of concerns over the unregulated and incompliant state of the USB-C standard, which has prompted several suspicious and outright risky accessories entering the market. A few, using unsupported voltage levels, have cooked the host device.
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The USB-IF (the body in charge of controlling the connection standard) has proposed a new protocol that will empower devices to validate a connected USB-C device or charger before accepting any data or charge.
On the whole, however, USB-C is certainly a groundbreaking step and we can hardly wait for more companies to start employing it. This will translate into thinner devices with less ports, greater adaptability, better data transfer speeds, and greater sound.