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What Is USB-C ?

Like most connectivity interfaces in our industry every year or two it gets updated to the latest and greatest version. The USB interface has seen a number of updates from its inception, the USB-C is one of the latest. What is USB-C? USB-C is the new hot, industry standard connector and cable used to power the MacBook. The USB-C connector was developed by the USB Implementers Forum, the group of companies that has developed, certified, and shepherded the USB standard. It counts over 700 companies in its membership, including Apple, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and Samsung. This is important, because it's more likely to be accepted by the majority of PC manufacturers. Contrast this with the Apple-promoted (and developed) Lightning and MagSafe connectors, which have limited acceptance beyond Apple products. The new Apple MacBook is 13.1mm at its thickest point, but that's by the hinge. The rest of the laptop slims down to just 3.5mm. Any connector still needs some vertical clearance internally to connect to the motherboard and the rest of the system, as well as clearance for the physical plug itself. Traditional USB is just too darn thick, so the new USB-C connector helped Apple produce a slimmed-down MacBook. The new "C" version connects Google ChromeBook Pix, Apple Macbook 2015/later and other USB-C enabled devices for data transfer, power & charging. This data cable supports up to 1.5Amp of power output and 5Gbps data transfer rate. The new USB 3.1 Type-C user-friendly reversible connector allows you to connect this adaptor to your USB-C enabled device in any direction.