All You Need To Know About USB-C

All You Need To Know About USB-C
Apple MacBook’s new USB-C port Maurizio Pesce / Flickr CC BY 2.0

Right after Apple revealed in March its new 12-inch MacBook with USB type C, it seems to have become the topic of discussion everywhere. In fact, USB type C is the future of USB technology, and slowly every device from every brand will adapt to this technology in order to ensure a faster and quicker service. Here is what you need to know about the USB 3.1 Type C.


USB is one of the most common yet most important type of connection used in modern electronics. Starting from computer peripherals to mobiles, and to memory cards, USB is omnipresent. The latest USB 3.1 standard and USB-C connector are aimed towards making USBs even more universal in their approach.

What is USB C?

To understand what USB–C is, the first thing you need to understand is that it is not a new standard like the USB 3.1.

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USB standards, which have been serially upgraded from USB 1.1 to 2.0, 3.0 and now 3.1, defines the connection in terms of speed and enhancement. On the other hand, the USB Type, A, B or C, focuses on the physical connection.

What Makes USB-C Different?

The most important and notable difference among Type A, Type B and Type C is that the latter aims to replace both ends of the connection cable. The USB versions define the overall standard of the connection along with its maximum speed of data transfer, maximum power and other features; and it can be used for connectors of any shape, according to theory.

Advancement of USB versions from 1.1 to 2.0 provided a great change in maximum data throughput. The next version, USB 3.0, enables new types of connectors to have added speed and power. The latest USB 3.1 offers maximum throughput speed, and along with that, it is able to transfer power at an efficient rate, enabling the device to be just through its USB connection.

The USB Type C is able to exploit the features of the 3.1 version in the most efficient way, and this is the reason why USB-C is most probable to be the future of electronic gadgets. Type-C is designed to replace previous variants at the host as well as client sides.

The most notable feature of the Type C is its reversibility. The C-type cable will include circuitry which will enable it to understand automatically which way to route the power and data, and it will work much like the Lightning connection introduced by Apple in their devices.

So, with USB-C you will no more need to fiddle on which end of the cord to put where.  The USB 3.1 Type C cables ensures a data transfer rate of 10 Gbps and is able to offer 5 amps of power at 20 volts. Hence, you can use the same cord for charging your device.

In case you are thinking about what to do with your devices with older versions, don’t worry; there is a thing called multiport dongle to make the transfers hassle-free.