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What are USB-C and USB 3.1?


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The USB. It’s the one piece of that you use a lot, but never really think evolves. The introduction of USB-C and USB 3.1, last year, have brought improvements to USB .

USB ports have gone through a number of changes over the last decade. By improving the , USBs have gotten faster and more reliable.

In 2014, Apple decided to take a leap and introduce a Macbook with just a USB-C port, following the footsteps of Google’s Chromebook Pixel. While this new is great, many people are not up to speed on what it is. This is especially true if you are used to seeing a standard USB port. USB-C looks completely different and is failsafe when you try to plug it in. We’ve all experienced the fumbling around that comes with plugging in a USB stick. 

USB 3.1 shares a much similar look and feel that the standard USBs you’re used to seeing. You will notice that USB 3.1 ports will be fitted with blue sockets. USB 3.1 is faster, more powerful and maintains backwards compatibility for older USB ports. A new cable, Type-C 3.1, has also been introduced with USB 3.1. This standardizes the port and cables across all USB devices, with USB Type-C cables also being backwards compatible.

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