After Samsung’s announcement today that their latest phone, the Galaxy Note 7, will come with USB-C, we thought it would be the perfect time to delve into the world of connectivity and remove the jargon that surrounds it.


Also known as USB Type-C, it’s aimed at being a replacement for a standard USB cable. If you’re anything like us here at Halfords, I’m sure you have a small collection of different USB cables lying around the house that each plug into different gadgets. My phone, camera, and eReader all use a slightly different connection, meaning I have to take at least three different cables with me every time I travel; not exactly practical! The aim of USB-C is to do away with all of these proprietary cables and just have one for everything.

Are the lightning cable’s days numbered?

USB-C differs from the current USB cables on the market in that it has the same connector on both ends. Instead of having a USB connection on one end and then a micro-USB or lightning connection on the other, USB-C cables have a USB-C connection on both ends. This means they’re reversible – either end can be plugged into either device, and they can also be plugged in upside down, like the lightning connection on an Apple cable. No more trying to jam a USB cable into your PC upside down!

USB-C cables are the same at both ends

Obviously, USB-C isn’t going to be successful without the backing of major corporations, but with Apple’s MacBook and the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 leading the charge, it’s highly likely that other brands will soon be getting on board.

Imagine; a world where you only need one cable. It’s closer than you think!

One comment

  1. I’ve been rocking a USB Type-C cable on my Nexus 6P since its launch last November. It was only a matter of time before other companies incorporated it into their devices!

    Thoughts… I love it!

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