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The Retina MacBook’s USB Type-C port is here to stay… and you’ll totally love it

June 2nd, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Intel USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Cable Specs

Apple’ Retina MacBook and Google’s newest Chromebook come with a new USB Type-C port that can be used both for charging purposes and for file transfers. Of the companies adopting USB-C ports so far, Apple made the boldest move yet by packing just the one port on its new 12-inch laptop. However, the USB-C port is here to stay, and it’s only getting better.

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Intel announced that it’s already working on Thunderbolt 3 cables that’ll feature USB-C reversible connectors and which will enable transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps.

That’s twice what Thunderbolt 2 cables can offer, four times the theoretical transfer speed of USB 3.1 ports, and eight times the speed of USB 3.0 ports.

Thunderbolt 3 cables will be able to transfer a 4K movie in 30 seconds, which is certainly an amazing accomplishment.

Finally, Thunderbolt 3 cables will incorporate various other protocols, including USB 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2, PCI Express, and Ethernet.

Intel’s adoption of USB-C connectors further indicates that more and more devices will soon pack USB-C connectors. Thus, it’s likely that Apple’s future MacBooks, including Pro and Air models, will also feature USB-C support to take advantage of Intel’s new high-speed data cables.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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