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Topic: USB-C

Intel pushes USB-C as 3.5mm jack replacement, touts better sound, thinness & power management

08/17/2016, 12:08 pm

The seemingly inevitable demise of the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack has placed the technology world in need of a successor, and Intel this week laid out its case as to why it thinks the reversible USB-C port is the best option for accessory makers.

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Rumor: Apple to adopt USB Type-C in another upcoming MacBook, whether it's Pro or Air

07/27/2016, 11:07 am

A new supply chain rumor suggests that Apple will bring USB Type-C ports from its 12-inch MacBook to another notebook in the lineup. The most likely candidate: the MacBook Pro. Here's why.

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Intel pushes USB-C as headphone jack's successor

04/27/2016, 10:04 am

The technology world has a seething hatred of the traditional 3.5-millimeter headphone jack -- or so it seems, given that chip giant Intel is the latest company to propose replacing the aging plug with a digital alternative.

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USB-C devices can now have safety, authenticity verified with new certification program

04/13/2016, 10:04 am

It will soon be much easier for consumers and businesses to determine whether a USB-C device is genuine and can be trusted, thanks to the newly introduced USB Type-C Authentication specification.

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First look: Apple's new USB 3 Lightning to USB-C cable and Camera Adapter for iPad Pro

03/24/2016, 06:03 pm

Owners of Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro can now tap into the greater power of the device's Lightning port thanks to a pair of new USB 3-based accessories released this week: A USB-C to Lightning cable, and a Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter with USB-A port input and power passthrough.

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Apple's Lightning to USB-C cable lets users plug iPhone, iPad into 12-inch MacBook

03/21/2016, 05:03 pm

One of the less publicized Apple announcements on Monday was the introduction of a Lightning to USB-C cable, an accessory addressing a serious compatibility problem for 12-inch MacBook owners who also own an iOS device.

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Faster USB 3 charging & file transfers are exclusive to Apple's 12.9" iPad Pro

03/21/2016, 05:03 pm

Apple's new USB 3 Lightning accessories offer faster file transfers and battery recharging abilities, but the only Apple device with a USB 3 Lightning port supporting those featuers remains the jumbo-sized 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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Apple ships out first USB-C replacement cables to affected MacBook owners

02/16/2016, 08:02 pm

Less than a week after Apple activated a quality program to replace defective USB-C charging cables, owners of potentially affected units on Tuesday are taking receipt of redesigned model.

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iPad Pro could use much faster 29W charging, if Apple allows USB 3 Lightning cables

02/12/2016, 11:02 am

The USB 3 capable Lightning port on Apple's iPad Pro could use an incoming charge of up to 29 watts, matching the abilities of Apple's 12-inch MacBook. But without any USB 3 Lightning cables yet available on the market, this power remains untapped for now.

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PSA: If you don't want to fry your new MacBook, pay attention to the quality of your USB cables

02/03/2016, 11:02 am

Apple's decision to include a single, all-new USB-C port on the reinvented MacBook has sent buyers of the ultraportable scrambling for adapters and conversion cables to connect legacy devices -- but be mindful of what you plug in.

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Griffin preps MagSafe-like USB-C power adapter, Acer & Lenovo unveil USB-C monitors

01/04/2016, 01:01 pm

On Monday, a trio of companies announced new gear suited to the USB-C port on the 12-inch Retina MacBook. Griffin revealed a MagSafe-like power adapter, while Acer and Lenovo teased compatible monitors.

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Lightning strikes: Apple TV, Apple Pencil double down on proprietary port

09/11/2015, 12:09 pm

The announcement of the new reversible USB-C port, and its subsequent embrace by Apple in the 12-inch MacBook, led to speculation that the Lightning connector could be on the way out. But the company signaled otherwise this week, when it made Lightning a key component of the new Apple Pencil, as well as the Apple TV's Siri Remote.

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Suppliers expect widespread adoption of USB Type-C in laptops, smartphones thanks to Apple

07/30/2015, 10:07 am

Taiwan-based integrated circuit manufacturers are said to be betting big on the new reversible USB Type-C connector, thanks in part to Apple's early embrace of the port in its forward thinking 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

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Thunderbolt 3 spec announced with support for USB-C connector, transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps

06/02/2015, 08:06 am

The next generation of the high-speed Thunderbolt specification was announced on Tuesday, ditching the legacy Mini DisplayPort connector for the new smaller, reversible USB-C standard, and offering transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps with high-end cables.

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Why Apple is banking on USB-C for its all-new 12-inch MacBook and beyond

03/25/2015, 12:03 pm

Apple recently made a splash by announcing a new 12-inch MacBook that features a single port for both power and data transfers: USB-C, a new connector spec that may sweep away not just USB 2.0, but also Thunderbolt -- and possibly even Apple's Lightning.

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