Laptops. Phones. Computers. Tablets.
The list goes on with the multitude of electronic devices you’ve ever bought and the all-confusing array of USB cables that they come with.
All these cables may be crucial to power and charge your devices now but there may be significant changes to come.
The Many Types of USB Cables
The U in the term USB literally stands for universal yet, why does it seem like each device uses its own type of cable?
To better understand the significant implications of the new USB Type-C cable infiltrating all sorts of tech products today, here’s a list of some of the more common cables:
- Lightning Cable
Introduced in 2012, this is Apple’s own cable for their iPhones, iPads and iPods to charge and/or connect them to other devices such as computers and external monitors.
This is the cable you’ve probably seen the most. They’re used primarily for transferring data and charging. Type-A are usually seen at the end of devices such as USBs, keyboards and mice that connect to larger devices such as laptops, computers and TVs.
Almost square in shape, these cables aren’t as common as Type-A and are mostly used for computer-related devices such as printers and audio interfaces.
- Micro USB
If you’re an Android phone user, there’s a good chance you’re quite familiar with these. Smaller, mobile devices such as GPSs, smartphones – especially ones that use the Android system) have these micro USB ports for transferring data and charging.
But what does the future hold for all these cables? Are there more to come?
In fact, if you’ve been holding a grudge for the last few decades on all your lost, destroyed or lack of a particular cable you needed, you may definitely be excited about the future…
TYPE-C (or USB-C)
When Apple unveiled their new MacBook last year with just one port – a Type-C port, the tech-world buzzed. Is this going to be the cable used for generations of iPhones to come? Would Apple’s competitors follow this?
But why the change?
Even though there are only several devices that connect or use USB-C ports since its introduction in 2014, its use has quickly grown. USB-C aims to be the sole cable and port that can be used on any kind of device. The Type-C cable has identical ends and is a reversible connector, making it less of a hassle when plugging into devices.
Not only does the Type-C simplify the ways in which we connect with our devices but it shows better performance and power. It indeed is a major step for future devices being slimmer, having fewer ports and faster data transfer speeds.
So the introduction of another cable is… good news?
Most importantly, the Type-C cable cuts down the array of cables needed for different devices. making it certainly seem the way of the near future.