We’ve all been there. We all know the struggle. Trying to get a USB to fit properly on the first attempt is almost unheard of in the tech world. In fact, there are quite a few memes created that pokes fun at this tech phenomena. Those in the IT services industry who deal with end users calling in because their ‘USB just doesn’t fit’ are saying that the new USB Type C is the answer they have all been waiting for.
So what else besides the obliteration of the USB struggle can we look forward to with the USB Type C? First off, it’s smaller than all the other USB types out in the market now. The new port is about half the width and one third the height of the standard USB. Secondly, it is reversible. It won’t matter which side is up because with the USB Type C plug, because it can be inserted either way. Third is its speed. USB Type C ports are able to transfer data up to 10 gigabits per second. Fourth we have power, the USB Type C can deliver up to 100 watts of power which should be enough juice to run a laptop. And last but not the least, it is flexible. With the use of adapters, end users would still be able to connect their older devices even including those that do utilize non-USB technology like display ports, VGA and Ethernet.
Tech giants Apple and Google, who are both innovators in the IT services industry, are each taking a different approach to this new technology. Apple, with its new MacBook, has paired the Type-C USB with USB 3.1 thus eliminating the power connector and going with a universal connector that’s theoretically also capable of twice the throughput of 3.0 whilst also providing more power.
Google’s approach, which provides two USB Type C and two regular USB 2.0 ports might add a bit of bulk to their device but for the most part, their approach is more well-received and preferred by the IT service industry.