One Connector To Rule Them All

USB Type C Connector

Imagine a world where iPhone users could use their friend’s Android charger, and vice versa. Wouldn’t that be something?

The USB Type-C standard, in the works for some time now, has finally made an appearance on two new consumer products this week: Apple’s MacBook and Google’s Chromebook Pixel. And if the Google employee at the end of this video is to believed, it’s coming to Android-powered phones as well.

And why not? USB-C offers a number of advantages over the current industry standard micro-USB Type-B:

1. It’s reversible, just like Apple’s Lightning Connector.
2. It’s fast, supporting USB 3.1-spec transfer speeds of up to 10GB/s.
3. It’s powerful, offering a whopping 5 amps / 100 watts of juice.

It’s also backward compatible with older USB ports. You’ll need an adapter, though.

Some tech pundits were expecting USB Type-C connectors on the new phones from HTC and Samsung at Mobile World Congress, but I guess we’ll have to wait for the next generation of Nexus devices due later this year. Hopefully Apple will also get on board and replace Lightening with USB-C for their next iPhone refresh. If this new MacBook is any indication, I don’t see why they wouldn’t.

Some further reading:

Reversible USB Type-C: What Is It? Everything You Need To Know
Google says to look out for more USB-C Chromebooks and Android phones
USB Type-C: One cable to connect them all