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USB Type-C has the ability to charge laptop as well

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group is looking to make the lives of mobile users a little bit easier with the finalization of the USB Type-C specifications. USB Type-C cables and connectors are aimed primarily for use in smartphones, but the organization behind the standards says that they are also “robust enough for laptops and tablets.”
 
The big takeaway from this announcement is that the connectors on the cable and matching receptacle allow the user to insert the cable without worrying about its orientation. This is similar in concept to Apple’s Lightning connector, but Lightning [for now] is limited to USB 2.0 speeds.
 
USB Type-C supports SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1) and can also deliver up to 100W of power as well. That latter spec will allow notebooks to be charged over USB, but it remains to be seen how many manufacturers will take advantage of this feature.

 
“USB has the luxury of consumer familiarity and trust, and as we adapt the technology for the future we are committed to ensuring the USB brand promise continues with this new USB Type-C connector and cable,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) President and COO.
 
Now that the USB Type-C spec has been finalized, the USB-IF is now tasked with managing the spec as well as handling certification and compliance. 

Source: USB.org [PDF]



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RE: Retention
By corduroygt on 8/13/2014 1:17:37 PM , Rating: 2
I use the Qable Powerz lightning cables (3 for $12 on Amazon for 6ft), they're quite strong. While still not as cheap as Micro USB, they're far cheaper than the official Apple cables. It's a nice middle ground with dual sided connectivity without being too expensive. Works great with charging and data transfer.


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