Most posts that are titled with a question then answer it in the post, but this is a serious question that I have, and one that I've been thinking about for a while now; Why would a company like Apple put USB-C on the MacBook? It totally makes sense why, because it's reversible, versatile, and it's compact, but why USB-C and not by Apple's own Lightning?
Some might say USB-C is more powerful for a full computer, but the MacBook is running on a very light Intel Core M processor that's even fan-less. Plus, if the Lightning cable is powerful enough to power a beefy iPad Pro, while also allowing for video-out, speedy transfers, and everything else the Lightning cable can do, it should also be powerful enough for a MacBook. Not to mention that everything else in Apple's mobile line-up is powered by the Lightning cable, such as the new Apple TV Remote, the iPad Pro Pencil, the Beats Pill+, and every iOS device currently sold. So why not the MacBook?
I'm not condoning Apple's history of proprietary hardware, but it's just a surprisingly open decision. By using USB-C, it allows for other accessories from PCs and tablets that use USB-C to also work with the MacBook. That might've been the reasoning for using USB-C is that because it's considered a computer, it should be a more open platform, but that says a lot about their mobile devices if they can't be open as well. The Mac is sort of forced to work with PC accessories because it has a lower market share, so it has to be compatible with what the user already has. This may be old-school thinking, but why can't the iOS devices be the same way? Sure, Micro-USB wasn't sexy, but USB-C is, except for that whole issue where bad cables were frying USB hubs and ports. Although USB-C isn't as thin as Lightning, it's still works the same way, and does just as much so why not use that on the new iPhone?
It just all depends on what Apple thinks is the future. Since the Apple Pencil and Apple TV Remote both use Lightning, I'm sure they'll be sticking with that for at least two more years. However, if USB-C starts to get really popular, maybe we could be seeing a switch to a more open platform from a company you wouldn't expect to make that decision.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
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