Allmost new phones have USB-C for charging although the iPhone still uses Apple’s own proprietary Lightning standard.
Apple has changed things up with the iPad Pro and iPad Air these days though like the MacBook, new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro it now also has a USB-C port for charging and connectivity.
Apple’s Lightning standard is similar to USB-C in many ways in that it can also support faster charging and the connector is reversible.
The fastest way to charge an iPhone X or 8 is to plug a USB-C to Lightning cable into a USB-C MacBook charger.
USB-C has reversible connectors and means faster charging and quicker data transfer rates.
It can also support lots of different types of data – including video – and power over a single connector.
USB-C boasts much faster charging and can deliver power at up to 100 watts at 20 volts.
This means that larger devices can now be charge from USB, including laptops and tablets.
What is USB-C on Laptops?
The need for a separate power port on a laptop is gone, enabling manufacturers to make even smaller devices.
Some manufacturers have been more resistant while Microsoft Surface devices have USB-C for data, they also have their own non-standard chargers.
USB-C also has display support so you can connect up a monitor and other devices to a single USB-C port.
What’s more, USB-C plug is compatible with the USB 3.1 standard meaning super fast data transfer rates.
Charging can be perform while transferring data at the same time, something previous standards could not always manage.
USB-C boasts up to 10Gbps data transfer rates.
That means a full movie can be transfer in a single second.
With wireless data being use more often but being limit, this new USB standard may cause a resurgence of cable connection use as super high-speed data rates are require for things like gaming on tablets connect to TVs.
The USB-C connector has been design so that it can be scaled with future developments in speed.
Certain USB-C laptops are also compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 these standards use the same connector as USB-C and have additional capabilities in terms of even faster data transfer speeds.
Think of it like a USB-C Plus.
Thunderbolt enables connection speeds up to 40Gbps and is ideal for high-bandwidth activities like video editing or backing up huge swathes of data.
Thunderbolt 3 is also part of USB 4 so all future USB 4 devices will have the same fast data transfer speed.
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