The recently announced MacBook was unveiled to the world on March 9, 2015 at Apple’s Spring Forward event. One of the most controversial aspects of the MacBook is its single connection port known as USB-C. This announcement has been controversial due to the fact that all traditional USB devices and cables will no longer be directly compatible with MacBook.
Apple is not the only company jumping on the USB-C bandwagon. Technology giant, Google, will also be incorporating USB-C into their newest Chromebook, called Pixel.
What is USB-C?
USB-C will be the new industry standard for USB devices and cables. It is slightly thicker than Micro USB, but the size of the connector allows for one of its best qualities; it can be plugged in upside down. The connectors are also the same on both ends. All of these qualities will save us some time and plenty of frustration.
USB-C is allegedly twice as fast as USB 3.0 and is able to transfer data at 10 Gbit/s. The connector also supports 4K video and power to your devices.
How Do I Use My Old USB Devices?
Apple has already made USB-C to USB adapters available for purchase on the Apple Store. The traditional adapter is available for $19.
Multiport adapters will allow you to plug in multiple connections such as a flash drive, a power source, and video output at the same time. This adapter is currently being sold for $79.
Technology is constantly evolving and improving. It might be a hassle to make the switch to the new USB standard but embracing the change will be worth the effort. USB-C provides extra power, faster data transfer, and is easier to use due to its reversible nature.
Take advantage of the new USB-C port when MacBook is released on April 10, 2015.