Last month, Apple and Google both introduced new laptops taking advantage of the new USB Type-C port.
Cupertino’s new Retina MacBook features just one such port (there are no other ports on the whole device), while Google’s Chromebook Pixel 2 features two standard USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot, and two USB Type-C plugs.
Constantly at the forefront of technology, Apple and Google prefer to drive change rather than be pushed from behind by others. However, in this scenario, it will probably take a lot more time for the standard to go mainstream. Although we’re slowly getting there.
USB is one of the most enduring standards since the ‘90s, and the majority of the electronic products today (not just computers) have at least one such connector, albeit with different size variations.
But as more and more companies start adopting the USB Type-C port, the standard will become a common feature in upcoming products.
More and more companies to adopt USB Type-C soon
Google has already promised it will bring the standard to Android phones, and yesterday, China’s streaming giant LeTV pulled the veil off three smartphone models that take advantage of the new port type.
Now, a new report coming out of Asian publication DigiTimes claims that after Apple, Google and LeTV, Dell and ASUS are also hard at work developing products with USB Type-C support.
According to the information, Dell is planning to release a new version of its 11-inch Venue 11 Pro tablet which will take advantage of Windows 10 and USB Type-C technology in order to allow connection to a docking station.
On the other hand, ASUS will implement the new technology into its gaming notebook lineup, probably in the ROG family. The report mentions that USB Type-C laptops coming out of ASUS should make it out on the market in the second half of the year at the earliest.
The list of advantages involving USB Type-C connectors is pretty long. For one thing, it’s reversible (it connects either way, like the iPhone’s Lightning plugs), which eliminates a major annoyance.
Moreover, USB Type-C uses the same port to charge a laptop, hook up peripherals, connect and charge smartphone/tablet, or attach an external display.