Back in 2015, Apple, ever the source of good ideas, decided that it wanted to shake up the USB world. On its newest MacBook, it decided that it no longer wanted masses of ports. It wanted to keep things nice and simple. The answer? Introducing the USB C MacBook Pro charger port. As with everything Apple does, as soon as companies spotted them using USB Type C, the idea quickly gained traction. Now, we are 2 years down the line and more companies are using USB C than ever before. So, what do you need to know about this charging technology? Let us explain!
You Can Charge Your MacBook With It
One of the interesting things about the inclusion of the USB C port on the MacBook was that it was designed to be a charging port. However, if you are not using it as a charger, you can use it for your USB peripherals instead.
USB Type C uses the USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) specification. We are not going to go into the technical specifications of this, but it's designed to deliver more power for devices with bigger batteries. Anyway, your standard USB 2.0 connection will provide a rather meagre 2.5 watts of power. Just enough to charge a phone or tablet. However, USB Type C can pump out a whopping 100 watts of power. Due to the way in which USB C technology has been designed, it can either send or receive this power. This happens simultaneously while information is being sent along the cable. It is no wonder that this is gaining popularity!
Supports USB 3.1
USB type C cable products support USB 3.1. If you thought that USB 3 was good with its 5 Gbps transfer rate, you are going to be blown away by USB 3.1. The transfer rate on this is 10 Gbps. If you already use Apple products, then you will likely have used the Thunderbolt connector. To put it into context, USB 3.1 is as fast as that. However, your USB Type C cable is going to be a lot more useful.
However, we are going to point out that USB 3.1. is not a standard tied to just Type C connectors, it can also be used to determine other USB connections too, so just because something says USB 3.1, it does not mean that it is C Cable.
You are not going to be plugging your USB C connectors into old USB ports on your computer, neither are you going to be plugging those old connectors into the Type C USB port. However, if you purchase an adapter then the system is 100% backwards compatible. In the future, it is likely that computers that aren’t Apple-branded will move over to having both Type-A and Type-C ports. For now, you are going to need to rely on those adapters, but they are not too expensive so this should not be a big issue.