USB 3.1 Type C
Apple’s 12-inch MacBook has only a single shared port. Here’s how to connect data, video, power and more to it. Find out here how to survive with only one USB-C port on your new MacBook.
If there’s one thing about Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook that seems to drive people crazy, it’s that the slim, 2-pound laptop has only a single shared port to handle data, power, video output and accessories.
Forget Apple’s current scheme of packing in USB, Thunderbolt/mini-DisplayPort, HDMI and even an SD card slot on laptops such as the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Now you’ve got a single port — and what’s more, it’s a new USB-C port, which means absolutely nothing you own will work with it without an adaptor or dongle.
Video About USB 3.1 Type CFormally known as USB 3.1 Type C, this new port combines faster data transfer speeds (up to 10Gbps) with a new shape. The smaller plug and socket is miles better than the previous Type A and Type B ones, and their much-hated micro and mini variations, because it’s fully reversible. The plug slides in either side up, which is a big deal if you’ve ever tried jamming a USB key or cable in upside down. And as both the top and bottom of a USB plug look the same unless you’re examining it very closely, that happens fairly often.
Source: Dan Ackerman
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