When the USB-C was first introduced on Apple devices back in 2015, it was a matter of curiosity to a large number of tech geeks of the times; however, now it has become more or less a standard. Most of the laptops and other devices hitting the market now have USB-C ports.
When it comes to the MacBook, the latest 15-inch and 13-inch Pro models feature USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports. Not only Apple devices, but you can also now see USB-C ports on Windows machines and laptops too. Major laptop brands like Asus and Acer etc. are also coming out with flexible USB-C ports. USB-C ports are now featured on many of the Android phones also lately as the mode of physical connectivity.
All these points towards the fact that USB-C is slowly taking over as the standard. To expand its connectivity and features, one must be looking for add-on peripherals as USB-C hubs, cables, and adapters, etc. to ensure connectivity between the old-age devices to the new-generation devices.
Frequently asked questions about USB C
Q: What does USB C stand for?
USB-C is the latest data and power transmit standard for digital devices. USB-C connectors are developed and upgraded USB IF (Implementers Forum) which set the standards and certify USB protocols.
Q: What is the difference between USB C and Thunderbolt?
The default USB-C standard now is USB 3.1, which features 10GBPS data transfer speed, which is the same as of Thunderbolt 1 version. USB-C is also known as USB type-C. A standard USB-c hub for MacBook pro can support various protocols to allow HDMI output, DisplayPort, VGA and other connection types through a single port.
Q: Is Micro USB compatible with USB-C?
No. The USB-C ports and cables can be used with USB 3.1, but mostly compatible with only USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. MacBook specifications state that USB-C port is compatible with gen-1 USB 3.1.
Q: Is Thunderbolt faster than USB-C?
The primary Thunderbolt data transfer speed was 10 GBPS, which was the same as of USB 3.1. As per experts, the latest version Thunderbolt 3 has a capacity of 40GBPS data transfer, which is much faster than USB 3.1.
Benefits of adding USB-C hub to MacBook
- Speedy charging
You can use USB-c hub to charge your Apple devices faster. It is found that iPhones get charged twice faster compared to standard charging cable when supplied with a 5W adaptor using USB-C hub. Using a lightning cable in combination makes it much faster.
- Reverse charging
You can use your MacBook connected through a USB-C hub charger to charge multiple other devices like iPhone, iPad, Mac PC, etc. With this, you can convert your MacBook into a virtual power bank to charge other devices. The touch bar model MacBook Pro is capable of powering two devices at a time with a power output of 15 watts. With an additional USB-C hub you can charge two more additional devices up to 7.5 watts.
- Connect external mouse or keyboard
Some of the MacBook users are not comfortable with the built-in keyboard and mouse and tend to use external keyboard and mouse, which makes the typing and navigation easier. One can easily add external mouse and keyboard using USB-C hub featuring multiple devices
Apart from these few, there are many other real-time benefits to the users can enjoy getting a good USB-C hub.