USB-C, also known as Type-C, is the latest connector developed by the USB Implementers’ Forum (USB-IF), a group of industry leaders within the consumer electronics community, such as Apple, Intel, Dell, and Belkin. As many of the world’s most recognized manufacturers are supporting this new technology, it is likely to be widely adopted. With such support, USB-C will gradually replace previous USB types, including USB-A, USB-B and USB Mini-B. Plus, as future devices are equipped with the new USB-C port, which is smaller than its predecessors, it’s likely these devices will also be thinner and lighter than ever before.
WHAT DOES A USB-C OR Type-C CABLE LOOK LIKE?
- The USB-C cable head is smaller than before, and looks a bit like a Micro-USB connector.
- Eventually this is the USB connector you’ll use with your devices instead of using your existing USB-A, Micro-B, USB-Mini, or Lightning cable.
WHY IS USB-C BETTER THAN EXISTING USB CABLES?
USB-C IS EASIER TO USE
- Reversible Connector. The USB-C, or Type-C connector is user friendly. There’s no up or down orientation so it works regardless of which way you plug it in.
- Truly universal. Not just happy to work with smartphones, tablets, laptops, digital cameras, or anything that traditionally connects via USB, USB-C is also at home across different operating systems like iOS, Android, Windows, Google and more. Now that’s a real game changer.
The USB-C connector is being widely adopted by manufacturers including Apple, Google and Microsoft. With such widespread support from these market-leading manufacturers, it’s only a matter of time before the new standard becomes the norm.