Apple unveiled the super-skinny new MacBook at its event on Monday, and one of the features that everyone is talking about is the single USB-C port. Instead of a bunch of connectors for charging, transferring data and connecting gadgets, the MacBook just has this one lonely port. Is the solitary USB connection the future of laptop connectivity or just a quirky ploy by Apple to make you spend money on yet another new gadget?
First off, what is a USB-C port exactly? That's a good question, because it's not quite the same as the USB connections on your current laptop. The USB-C ports are smaller and, more importantly, reversible. That means you can never stick it in upside down. No matter which way you plug in your USB-C cable, it will fit into the port smoothly.
But, that's far from all USB-C offers. It's also a major technological upgrade from the USB-Bs that most of us are using today. That's because the single USB-C port can be used to charge your laptop, charge your gadgets and transfer data.
It can handle large loads too, delivering up to 20V at 5A (100W). That’s more than enough to charge up a notebook, or multiple mobile devices simultaneously.
It's really fast, too. USB-C can transfer data at up to 10 Gbps!