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USB4 standard is officially announced with the best of both worlds USB-C and Thunderbolt

We already talked about the specification USB4, which will come to replace USB 3.0 / 3.1 and, with some faith, end the mind-boggling fruit salad that has become the current generation of the protocol. Today we have good and bad news.

The good thing is that USB-IF (the organization responsible for developing the technology) has finally announced its new version officially, shedding some light on its benefits. The bad thing, we will still have to wait for the first products equipped with it.

The information brought by CNET, are encouraging. According to USB-IF, USB4 will be able to transfer data at up to 40Gbps as long as of course you use certified cables for this type of operation. In addition, it will be possible to transmit power at up to 100W of power while transmitting data such as 4K or even 5K video.

If the above numbers sound familiar to you, why does USB4 have identical protocol specifications? Thunderbolt 3, old acquaintance whose Macs have been released from a few years to c. That's good: USB4 effectively incorporates Thunderbolt 3 into its catalog of supported technologies, potentially potentially eventually merging under the same umbrella as USB4.

Such as Intel recently announced that we do not charge more royalties For companies that incorporate the Thunderbolt 3 protocol into their products, the arrival of dual-USB4, as more accessories and technology-enabled products will hit the market faster and in more places.

Another interesting point is that USB4 backwards compatible with USB 3.0 / 3.1 / 3/2 and USB 2.0, so you can still use your old peripherals usually remembering that if they still use the old USB-A connection, you will need to use an adapter .

As the specification was made official today, however, it is likely that it will be a while before we see the first USB4-equipped products, probably by the middle of next year or something.

In the specific case of Apple, there is no information about the company's plans, but it is expected that iPads Pro of the future adopt the new protocol; the Macs They can also do so, but just for the sake of formality, since strictly all that USB4 offers is already contained in them. As for the iPhones Well, that's a bit more complicated story, as we know. But who knows?