USB Promoter Group announces USB 3.2 protocol, cites improved data transfer speeds via existing cables

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, 05:52
Category: Hardware, News, USB-C

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprising Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and other companies, today introduced an upcoming USB 3.2 specification, which will eventually replace the existing USB 3.1 specification upon release.

While the increase is relatively incremental, the group stated that the USB 3.2 protocol will allow for either two lanes of 5Gb/s or two lanes of 10Gb/s operation.

With support for two lanes of 10Gb/s transfer speeds, performance is essentially doubled over existing USB-C cables.

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Apple announces new 2017 iMacs, offers improved screens, Kaby Lake processors, USB-C ports on board

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 13:05
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Processors, retail, USB-C, WWDC

The new iMac was just announced at WWDC and it includes some interesting upgrades.

Apple has, according to CEO Tim Cook, included the “best Mac displays ever,” upping the brightness to 500 nits to make them 43 percent brighter while bringing support for a billion colors. The new units also feature faster Intel Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz, higher memory capacity, super-fast storage, and next-generation graphics, as well as a pair of Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, which have yet to arrive on any other Mac.

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Rumor: Apple to improve battery life in next-gen iPhone via 2-cell design, transition to OLED display

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Date: Thursday, April 27th, 2017, 05:41
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor, USB-C

The current rumor has it that the next-gen iPhone’s battery will be able to get over power consumption and space-related hurdles, potentially allowing for longer battery life than ever.

Rumor has it that this year’s flagship “iPhone 8” will boast a large 2,700 mAh battery, on par with the high-end 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

The next-gen iPhone is said to have dimensions similar to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, which features a 1,960 mAh capacity battery, while the iPhone 7 Plus has a 2,900 mAh battery.

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Rumor: Apple to continue supplying Lightning to 3.5 millimeter headphone adapter with next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, 05:21
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor, USB-C

Apple seems likely to continue bundling a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter with its new lineup of iPhones this fall. The inclusion, which was implemented with the release of the iPhone 7 last fall, was put into place to help ease the transition to a handset without a traditional 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

The news is according to a research note out today from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis who speculates that Apple will likely drop the complimentary adapter sometime in the future, possibly with the 2018 lineup.

Curtis offered the following comment in his notes:

Debate whether Lightning adapter stays in box, we believe it stays this year but goes away at some point, potentially in the 2018 model

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Western Digital announces My Passport SSD, drive will feature USB-C functionality for Macs

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Date: Friday, April 7th, 2017, 05:04
Category: hard drive, Hardware, News, USB-C

This could be interesting.

Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital on Thursday announced its My Passport SSD, its first portable SSD with a built-in USB-C port.

While the USB-C connection does require a bundled USB Type-A adapter, when connected to either USB-C or USB 3.x, it can hit speeds of up to 515 megabytes per second. The drive, unfortunately, is not Thunderbolt 3-compatible.

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Rumor: All three 2017 iPhone models to feature Lightning port with USB-C fast charging

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Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2017, 05:06
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor, USB-C

It’s thought that all three upcoming iPhones will both retain the Lightning connectors but add USB-C Power Delivery for faster charging. The rumors currently state that Apple will release an all-new OLED model with a larger L-shaped battery and updated 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo offered the following comment in his most recent note:

New 2H17 models may all support fast charging. We believe all three new iPhones launching in 2H17 will support fast charging by the adoption of Type-C Power Delivery technology (while still retaining the Lightning port). A key technical challenge lies with ensuring product safety and stable data transmission during a fast charge. In order to achieve that goal, we think Apple will adopt TI’s power management and Cypress’s Power Delivery chip solutions for the new iPhone models. We note the OLED version may have a faster charging speed thanks to a 2-cell L shaped battery pack design.

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Rumor: Apple to release 5-inch iPhone 8 model, may sell wireless charging technology separately

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2017, 05:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor, USB-C

It’s a rumor, but there may be some truth to it.

Japanese web blog Macotakara has a new rumor in that Apple will introduce a 5-inch iPhone model this year.

The site also state that “reliable sources in Taiwan” have stated that only the all-glass model of the iPhone will support wireless charging this year, while Apple will also stop including the headphone jack adapter.

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USB-C cables & chargers reviewed by Google engineer Benson Leung

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Date: Monday, January 9th, 2017, 05:37
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, USB-C

In the wake of a fair number of questionable USB-C adapters (you get what you pay for when purchasing accessories at a gas station, and Amazon), Benson Leung tests USB-C cables and accessories and posts his findings on Google+.

Leung, a Google Chromebook engineer, has spent a fair amount of time buying batches of USB Type-C cables from Amazon and testing them to see if they perform or are just cheap knock-offs.

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Apple lowers prices of assorted USB-C adapters until end of March, 2017

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Date: Wednesday, December 21st, 2016, 05:18
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, USB-C

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If you thought Apple’s USB-C adapter prices were a bit steep, there’s a price break until the end of March, 2017.

Apple on Friday lowered the prices for many of its USB-C adapters, which are necessary for users who want to connect their devices to the new laptop.

The new MacBook Pro has Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, which have a different connector than that of USB-A devices and cables like the iPhone sync cable. That means you need to buy an adapter. Depending on your devices, you may need to buy several adapters.

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Apple responds to customer feedback, drops prices on assorted USB-C adapters

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Date: Monday, November 7th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail, USB-C

Responding to customer demand, especially in the wake of USB-C becoming that much more prevalent on the newly-released MacBook Pro notebook, Apple has dropped the prices on all of its USB-C adapters by $6 to $20.

The simple USB-C to USB Adapter, formerly priced at $19, is now $9, while the more expensive USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, formerly $49, is now available for $29. Even Apple’s newly released Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter has seen a price drop from $49 to $29.

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