USB-C is the new standard for charging and transferring data. Currently, it’s included in devices like the latest laptops, smart phones, and tablets and it’ll apply to almost everything soon. There are about 300 million consumer electronics which use USB-C as one of the I/O ports now. The number will go up to 2 billions in 2019. More than half of the smart phones and 93% of laptops will be using USB-C to charge and to communicate.
1) It’s future-proof
USB-C is going to be a substitute for not only older USB standards, but also other standards like Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, and audio jack. USB-C is also closely interweaved with other new standards- such as USB Power Delivery (PD). This is perfect for the VR/AR development because VR/AR needs fast charging and data transferring for the best user experience.
2) It’s powerful
The USB PD specification is also closely linked with USB Type-C. Currently, a USB 2.0 connection offers up to 2.5 watts of power—only enough to charge your phone or tablet. The USB PD which is supported by USB-C provides the power delivery up to 100 watts.
A device can either send or receive power through USB-C. besides, this power can be transferred at the same time the device is transmitting data through the connection. This kind of power delivery could even let you charge a laptop and it usually requires up to about 60 watts.
4) It’s versatile
Type-C features a new connector shape and size. USB Type-C is less half of the size of a USB Type-A connector. Every device should be able to use USB-C connector. It’s an all-in-one connector. You’ll just need one cable, whether you’re connecting an external monitor to your tablet or charging your laptop from a USB charger. USB-C connector is small enough to fit into a slim mobile device, but also powerful enough to connect all the accessories needed.
5) It’s reversible
USB-C is reversible, so you don’t have to flip the connector around to look for the correct orientation. The USB-C connector isn’t physically backwards compatible, but the underlying USB standard is. You just need a physical adapter to plug your older devices directly into a USB Type-C port.
Actually, many devices will have both USB Type-A ports and USB Type-C ports for the coming years—like Apple’s new MacBook and VogDUO’s Carger Go. Even if you get a computer with only USB Type-C ports, like Google’s Chromebook Pixel, adapters and hubs will fill the gap.