Apple has done us a favor with the transition from Lightning to USB-C on the iPad and now the iPhone. The reality is that they have been forced to do so but, in any case, this benefits us as users. In this article we want to show you once again the reasons why USB-C is the best option to charge your devices. Yes, also your new iPhone.
Since its appearance in 1995, the USB standard that we all know has been constantly evolving and has revolutionized the way we interact with and power our devices. USB port technology has been refined over time, with a clear objective of offering more power and higher energy and data transfer speeds.
Power in your hands: USB-C and the energy revolution
One of the most important aspects of USB-C is its ability to deliver higher power. Just a year before the arrival of USB-C, the USB 3.1 standard improved power limits, allowing these cables to deliver up to 100 watts (W) of power to devices. This was key to the mass adoption of USB-C.
A perfect example of the power of USB-C is Apple’s decision to use USB-C connectors on its line of MacBooks. This allows faster and more efficient charging of the devices, which benefits users who want to have greater autonomy on our MacBook during day-to-day life for whatever reason.
The magic of data speed
The evolution of USB-C is not limited to power. USB 3.1 technology, which is fundamental to USB-C, has also taken data transfer speeds to another level. If we remember the early days of USB, version 1.1 was capable of offering a speed of 12 megabytes per second. With the arrival of USB 2.0, the speed increased to 480 Mbps, surprising the world.
However, the real leap came with the introduction of USB 3.0 in 2008, which reached 5 gigabytes per second. Five years later, the USB 3.1 standard doubles this, offering transfer speeds of up to 10. This has opened up a world of possibilities in terms of data transfer, especially at a time when demand for high-speed data is as high as now.
But what does all this mean? Well, this impressive bandwidth allows the USB-C standard to be used to transfer a variety of data types, from high-resolution files to high-quality audio. Speed is no longer an obstacle in the world of connectivity. And that’s one of the main reasons why you can now connect an external drive to your iPhone and directly transfer 4K recordings.
One cable to rule them all
Who hasn’t dreamed of a single cable that can connect all your devices? With USB-C, that dream has become a reality. This greatly simplifies our digital lives and reduces the need to carry multiple cables and adapters. When Apple users have taken the step to purchase new devices, they will realize the convenience of using the same cable for everything. Not only between Apple devices but also with other devices outside the ecosystem. This is the path to universality and Apple is clear about it.