Apple USB-C Computer Accessory Interface
With The announcement of new MacBook laptops with a single USB 3.1 Type-C port, Apple Inc is poised to redefine the landscape of Apple computer device connectivity for the next decade. Delivering both power and bi-directional high-speed data transfers, USB-C is poised to consolidate they myriad of computer I/O ports and interfaces into a single, unified connector standard on both Macintosh and Windows PC's for years to come.
Track the history of new SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 Type-C peripherals and product announcements of Apple specific accessories on the Timeline page.
Learn more about specific announced and shipping Mac compatible SuperSpeed Plus USB-C hardware as it happens on the Blog page.
The new 12-Inch Apple MacBook with Retina Display deploys USB Type-C Rev 1 which maintains 5Gb/s speed but introduces the new micro connector. As the USB-C standard evolves, next-generation USB Type-C Rev 2 will increase the data speed to 10Gb/s.
The Benefits Of USB-C For Apple UsersSuperSpeed+ Offers One Unified Port For:
- Device Charging
- System Power
- USB-C Data Pass-Through
* USB 3.1 SuperSpeed+ Peripherals
- Backup Drives
- Video Capture
- Digital Audio
- Hubs And Adapters
- Web Cameras
- Drawing Tablets
- Network Adapters
- Computer Speakers
- Docking Stations
* Video Output Support
- HDMI Video
- DVI Video
- VGA Adapters
The Future Of USB Type-C On The Macintosh PlatformNot all Mac's might seem to NEED the slim USB-C port at first glance. It's not like conventional USB Type-A, a MagSafe charging port, or even a ThunderBolt port consume THAT much physical space. Indeed an Apple Lightning port is smaller than a USB-C connector. But it will help enable mobile devices to be even slimmer in design. Even on desktop systems, it will simplify connectivity with it's orientation-neutral reversible connection, conserve space, and reduce materials cost in manufacturing. Even if it's only a few millimeters smaller, that's just that many percent fewer metal or plastic resources that need to be used to manufacture the sockets, plugs and cables involved. Universal Type-C power-supplies will elimnate the eco-waste of a zillion different AC adapters for various devices.
USB 3.1 Revision 1 vs Revision 2 on MacsAs noted above, Apple's current and initial implementation of SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 is only Rev 1: The physical connector has changed, along with the dual benefit of charging and greater power availability for devices. The 5Gbps data transfer speeds remain the same as SuperSpeed 3.0 for the time being.
SuperSpeed Plus Revision 2 On MacsA full implementation of the Revision 2 specification in next-gen USB-C transciever chips will bring the data transfer rates to match 1st-generation ThunderBolt at 10Gbps - and be properly called 'SuperSpeed+' (Plus) in it's faster implementation.
Note : Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Macintosh, MacBook, Mac mini or iMac, OS X and several others are a registered trademark of Apple Computer in the U.S. or other countries. Several other computer peripheral, accessory, add-on, upgrade and gadget and gizmo manufacturers, brand names that may be referred to on this site are registered trademarks of each related corporation.