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USB-C: a powerful new connector generation for Macs

The new MacBook has only one port, the new USB-C. We have already talked here on the site about some benefits of this new technology, such as the possibility of fitting the cable in any orientation and serving as a video output compatible with HDMI, VGA and Mini DisplayPort connections.

MacBook with USB-C cable

But there are many other benefits that may have been missed for those who still do not know the new technology, such as energy. through it the MacBook will be recharged. Yes, on the one hand we have lost the benefit of MagSafe (brilliant technology that will not let your notebook hit the floor when someone hits the wire), but USB-C has its value. In addition to allowing the computer to be charged, the port offers 100 watts (at 20 volts) so that we can charge our quiet smartphones, tablets, GoPro, etc.

In other words, we are talking about a bidirectional technology capable of powering devices such as MacBooks Pro and Macs mini, which require 85W. Hypothetically (if these machines had a USB-C port), you could connect them to the new MacBook to charge them smoothly!

In terms of data transfer, the USB-C is capable of reaching speeds of 10Gbps (equivalent to the first generation of Thunderbolt) and is superior to many SSDs. In addition, the USB-C is backwards compatible. With the use of adapters, you can easily use it on USB 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 ports.

Speaking a little more about the video properties of the connector, VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association, or Association of Video Electronics Standards) reported that USB-C supports the DisplayPort 1.2a standard, which can handle 5.4Gbps traffic with resolutions up to 4K (4096 × 2160 pixels) at a frequency of 60Hz. In the future, USB-C will be able to support the newly announced DisplayPort 1.3 which offers a bandwidth of 8.1Gbps, capable of supporting resolutions up to 5K. In short, we are talking about a standard as capable as the Thunderbolt, but much cheaper and with other qualities that differentiate it (smaller, reversible, etc.).

Lightning vs. USB-C

Lightning vs. USB-C

One thing to change a lot with the arrival of that door. Apple's MagSafe standard is proprietary, so no other manufacturer can create accessories based on this technology. Now, however, we will be able to see a series of chargers and other accessories capable of charging the MacBook being launched even without Apple's authorization, since the USB-C standard has everything to be widely used throughout the industry, one that I see coming in soon it would be an external battery mixed with a Dock Station.

Now wait and see when this new standard reaches other Macs as well, and who knows, perhaps the future Apple monitor, the Thunderbolt Display has been dying for a long time.

(via 9to5Mac, MacRumors)