USB Type-C is touted to be next wave in the way electronic devices connect and interface with each other. Leading smart technology device manufacturers have already made it an active part of their technical specifications.
Unlike its predecessors, the USB Type-C sports a small 24-pin reversible-plug connector USB devices and USB cabling. Already flagship and future hardware products from leading brands have shunned the current standard i.e. microUSB connector. Don’t be surprised to see your next smartphone sporting this new connector type. Let’s have a look at all the 4 major benefits the USB Type-C Cable has to offer. Before we go ahead, we would like to highlight that this post focuses on the Type-C connector and not the USB 3.1 specification.
1. USB Type-C is Reversible
The first and the most welcomed change is that fact that the new Type-C connector is reversible. You don't have to worry about right or wrong side of connection. This makes it easy to connect in low-light conditions and also when the connection port is difficult to access. The reversible connector also ensures users don’t damage internal pin configuration accidentally while connecting or disconnecting devices.
2. USB Type-C is Versatile
This new connector type has moved passed it charging and data transfer roles. The connector is designed to do much more than that. One of the newer possibilities is the option of connecting your smartphone as a MIDI device. Furthermore, the connector is capable of higher data transfer rate and support for higher charging current. With most manufacturers switching to Type-C connectors, proprietary interfacing technologies could be a thing of the past.
3. USB Type-C is future-proof
Already, many devices such as Apple’s Macbook, Google’s Chromebook Pixel, Nexus 6P, and OnePlus 3 to name a few have incorporated the USB Type-C connector. Apple’s and Google’s adoption of this connector has convinced many other equipment designers and manufacturers to not only adopt this connector but also spend time and resources in researching new application possibilities. It is safe to say that USB Type-C is the immediate future of connectors for interfacing.
With so many features and offerings, USB Type-C is a worthy upgrade. Interestingly, many manufacturers are rallying for a unified connector to make things easier both for the consumers as well from a technical standpoint. Look out for the USB Type-C connector in your next device.