This was the week of USB-C. In addition to making some posts about the new and unique port present on the new MacBook, we discussed the subject a lot in episode # 122 of MacMagazine On Air.
Let's face it, this beauty of technology so compact and versatile that it ended up even throwing aside the traditional MagSafe (technology owned by Apple). It's not uncommon to see Apple changing something of its own for an industry standard, isn't it? As blogger John Gruber, who has contacts within Ma, stated in his podcast (The Talk Show; episode # 91) that USB-C is an Apple invention, as noted by The Tech Block.
I heard I can't say who it was, but let's call them ?little informed birds? that USB-C is an invention that Apple gave to standardization bodies. And that's the policy for that they can't really say that. They will not go out in public and say so, but they did. It's an Apple invention and they want it to become a standard.
The truth is that Gruber has a lot of credibility and would have no reason to say such a thing if he really didn?t really believe what he?s talking about.
This does not mean, however, that Apple will promote USB-C as a replacement for everything and all technologies. In the new MacBook it made a lot of sense taking into account the machine's concept (portability, wireless connectivity, etc.). Of course we can expect the arrival of USB-C on other Macs, but this story that Apple is the creator of the technology does not necessarily represent the end of MagSafe or Lightning, which has everything to continue equipping iPads, iPhones and iPods at least this one My bet, considering that Lightning is even less than USB-C and Apple has more control over third-party accessories for their mobile devices.
Perhaps many of you should not have seen it, but last Wednesday (11/3) Google launched the new Chromebook, which has two USB-C ports.
MacBook and Chromebook with USB-C presented in the same week? A lot of coincidence, don't you think? Gruber himself said there must have been some kind of embargo, allowing Apple to announce the new MacBook as the first laptop equipped with a USB-C port. And if Apple is really involved in creating the standard, it makes a lot of sense.
To finish, look at the description that Apple gave to USB-C on the page of the new MacBook (emphasis added):
To create a notebook as thin and light as the new MacBook, we seek efficiency in every detail, starting with the way it connects to peripherals and power. So we help to create a new standard of universal connectivity, which combines the essential functions that you use every day in just one entry. The USB-C port allows you to charge your MacBook, transfer data quickly with USB 3, connect with external and peripheral devices, in addition to serving as a video output compatible with HDMI, VGA and Mini DisplayPort connections. All in a compact and reversible design, just one third the size of the current USB port.
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Update · 03/15/2015 s 21:40
In a new post (responding to an article written by 9to5Mac (who says that Apple would be just one more to participate in the construction of the new standard), Gruber said that his comment was a little exaggerated. He said he did not want to give the impression that Apple worked alone, the participation of other companies such as Intel, Texas Instruments and, of course, the USB Working Group, was undeniable, but that Ma was the leader of the project.
Gruber cites that there is a lot of politics involved and that a big reason why Apple doesn't take so much credit for creating USB-C that the company really wants to see it become a standard quickly is the perception that a technology created by Apple (and not by a group of companies) could delay this mass adoption.
In addition, he cites the characteristics of USB-C (reversible, thin, offer power, high-speed data transfer, video, etc.) as something very "Apple-like", allowing a significant reduction in the ports of a portable computer. Every aspect of USB-C fits well into possible design goals for such a technology created by Apple, and we can't say that about previous versions of USB.
That makes sense, makes sense. Now finding out if Gruber is right is something that tells me that at one time or another someone will really confirm / deny this story.