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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. 

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RE: Retention
By drewsup on 8/14/2014 8:55:43 AM , Rating: 2
I feel the magnetic power cable by far Apples biggest achievement,when I think of all the dc jacks I have replaced over the years, it saddens me they were able to patent such an obvious design.

RE: Retention
By corduroygt on 8/14/2014 12:47:28 PM , Rating: 2
MS Surface also uses magnetic power connector so I doubt it's just Apple's.

RE: Retention
By ritualm on 8/14/2014 12:50:18 PM , Rating: 2
LOL magnetic power connectors. Home appliances already have them for years, if not decades.

RE: Retention
By inighthawki on 8/14/2014 2:47:38 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure someone was smart enough to do it a while ago, but I can't say I've ever seen a single home appliance that has had a magnetic power connector...

RE: Retention
By ritualm on 8/14/2014 5:01:02 PM , Rating: 2
Some large-capacity hot water dispensers have them (anything more than 1.8L). I have a 3.0L at home with it.

RE: Retention
By verteron on 8/16/2014 10:51:39 PM , Rating: 2
Fry Daddy and other counter appliances, mostly deep friers though. It is a safety feature allowing you to yank the cable if they catch fire.

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