USB Type-C is the iPhone charging connector that Steve Jobs would have wanted

There are too many charging and interface cable standards in place. We can fix this, but it will take effort and broad industry buy-in. And Apple would have to fall in line.

Why wireless charging is about to take over Cables. USB charging and interface cables. It’s overwhelming how many of these things we actually still need.

It seems like no matter how much we want to try to do things wirelessly with our mobile devices, it usually is far more expedient — and often easier and more reliable — to use the good ‘ol cable for juicing up or connecting to many kinds of accessories and devices, such as automobile head units, wall chargers, and battery packs.

Since its introduction in 1996, the Universal Serial Bus has undergone a number of revisions as it relates to data throughput and power transmission capabilities.

The device side connector — the USB Type-A — for personal computers and tabletop devices has mostly remained unchanged (and is still backward compatible with current revisions) in the last 23 years, but the mobile device side has changed several times.

In addition to USB Type-A male and female connectors, we’ve seen the 5-pin USB Micro-B — the fragile trapezoidal connector — emerge as the main industry standard for just about every kind of generic handheld gadget during this two-decade run.

But the Micro-B connector was rife with issues, mainly due to its asymmetrical nature which often caused users to break the cable or the device connector accidentally.

Its inability to transmit data at higher speeds and supply power at higher wattages was also an issue in the last ten years as we moved into USB 2.x and recently, 3.x.

 

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