USB-C Stories November 12

Update: The phone sold for $86,001. It had hit $100,100, but it appears that bidder didn’t make good, so it likely went to the second-placed bidder.

A robotics engineer dismayed by the lack of a USB-C iPhone decided to take matters into his own hands by making one – and has now put it up for sale. At the time of writing, the USB-C iPhone eBay listing was already at $85K, and subsequently hit six figures.

Ken Pillonel last month modified an iPhone X to replace the Lightning port with a fully functional USB-C port …

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USB-C Stories November 4

USB-C/Thunderbolt display options have really grown over the last couple of years. While Apple is making its own monitor again with the Pro Display XDR, it’s not the best fit for the majority of Mac users with a starting price of $5,000 (without a stand). Let’s take a look at some of the best USB-C/Thunderbolt displays available in the $400-$1,500 range.

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USB-C Stories November 2

Engineering student Ken Pillonel shared a video last month showing a modified iPhone X with a USB-C port instead of Lightning. If you were interested in doing the same with your iPhone, the student has now shared an in-depth guide on how to put a USB-C port on an iPhone – but be aware that the process is extremely advanced.

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USB-C Stories October 22

Satechi launches USB-C Hybrid Multiport Adapter with hidden SSD slot

Satechi is out today with an interesting take on the USB-C hub. Coming with a compact design, the USB-C Hybrid Multiport Adapter features an integrated SSD slot to work as external storage alongside the extra I/O.

USB-C Stories October 20

A report today apparently answers an open question about MacBook Pro USB-C ports: whether or not they support the new USB PD 3.1 EPR standard needed for fast charging.

Unfortunately the news isn’t good. While there is a specification that supports the higher voltages needed, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro models don’t support it …

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USB-C Stories October 19

There’s good news and bad news about the new 16-inch MacBook Pro charger. The good news is that it’s the first one on the market to offer a new high-power charging standard that enables USB chargers to exceed 100W for the first time.

The bad news is that the technology is so new that there isn’t yet a compatible USB-C cable.

Update: The newness of the standard also means the USB-C ports aren’t compatible with it.

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USB-C Stories October 12

Rumors about a USB-C iPhone aren’t new. Ever since Apple started switching its USB-A ports on the Macs and Lightning ports on iPads to USB-C, people started thinking that would be only a matter of time until the company followed the same path with the iPhone.

So far, we still use Lightning cables on iPhones, but a robotics engineering student claims to have created the first USB-C iPhone in the world.

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USB-C Stories September 30

As previously promised, the USB-IF has officially announced new branding details that it hopes will alleviate the confusion around USB-C cables. The USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum) says that these new efforts will “unify consumer branding” for cables based on the USB4, USB Type-C, and USB Power Delivery specifications.

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USB-C Stories September 29

Storage devices are getting smaller and higher-capacity each year, and nothing demonstrates that more than Kingston’s DataTraveler Max line of USB-C flash drives. The drives are available in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities, with impressively fast speeds to match, rated at 1,000MB/s read speeds and 900MB/s write speeds. These drives certainly have what it takes on paper, but what about in the real world?

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USB-C Stories September 2

A USB-C to Lightning cable with a hidden wireless key-logger can enable an attacker to capture everything you type from a distance of up to a mile.

Any tech-literate person knows you should never plug a USB key into any of your devices unless you trust the person giving it to you, but fewer know that the same applies to USB cables …

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USB-C Stories August 13

Many of us would like to see an iPhone with USB-C port in place of Lightning, so that we can finally have a single charger type for all our main Apple devices: iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

The European Union is trying to pass a law that would make this mandatory, despite the fact that it would be completely pointless…

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USB-C Stories August 12

First unveiled at CES back in January, LG’s new high-end UltraFine displays are expected to arrive sometime this summer. Now a new product listing at BH Photo says that the 32-inch UltraFine OLED Pro display could arrive on July 16.

Update 8/12: The 32-inch UltraFine OLED Pro display is now available priced at $3,999.

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Satechi has unveiled its latest Apple accessory today, a handy USB-C Clamp Hub designed for the 2021 M1 iMac. The Clamp Hub adds 5 ports to the front of the new all-in-one Mac for easy access and a more organized setup.

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USB-C Stories July 22

Satechi launches GaN USB-C charger lineup incl. 108W 3-port model for Mac, iPhone, iPad

Satechi is out today with a new GaN lineup of compact and powerful USB-C chargers for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and more. There are three options with the top model featuring 108W output – enough to juice up a MacBook Pro while simultaneously fast charging iPhone and iPad.

USB-C Stories May 26

The announcement of a new USB-C 240W Power Delivery standard means that far more powerful laptops and other devices can be powered by the now-ubiquitous reversible plug.

The bad news, however, is it means the creation of yet another USB-C cable standard …

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USB-C Stories March 17

Hands-on with SanDisk’s new dual Lightning and USB-C flash drive for iPhone, iPad, Mac, more

Western Digital has made dual Lightning and USB flash drives with its SanDisk iXpand lineup for several years and now it’s launching its first one with Lightning + USB-C. The new SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe features a metal enclosure, storage up to 256GB, and the convenience of working across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more. Read on for a hands-on look at this new flexible flash drive.

USB-C Stories February 3

CalDigit’s new USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ‘Element Hub’ adds 7 ports to your MacBook

CalDigit is out today with an interesting new compact USB 4/Thunderbolt 4/USB-C dock. The Element Hub adds lots of I/O and bandwidth to connect your MacBook with new and legacy devices and 4K/8K displays.

USB-C Stories October 11, 2020

If you’re looking for a better way to power up your Apple devices, picking up a GaN charger is definitely the way to go. They offer a vastly more compact form factor while packing more ports than traditional chargers. Read on for a hands-on look at the RAVPower 65W 4-Port Desktop USB-C Charger to see why it’s a great choice for all your devices and an exclusive $20 off deal for 9to5Mac readers with code 9to5MACR1.

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USB-C Stories September 28, 2020

Last year Hyper launched the world’s smallest 100W USB-C charger thanks to its implementation of GaN technology. Now the company is back with an even more compact and functional way to power up your devices with the HyperJuice GaN Stackable Charger. Follow along for a hands-on look as well as how to get 50% off this innovative new modular charger.

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USB-C Stories August 22, 2020

If you’re looking for the perfect USB-C hub or dock you’ve probably noticed there’s usually a trade-off between portability and functionality. ALOGIC has unveiled its new 10-In-1 Super Dock as a no-compromise USB-C solution that’s portable while also delivering all the functionality and power you need at an affordable price.

Head below for our hands-on look.

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USB-C Stories June 4, 2020

A new mock-up of the 5.5-inch 2021 iPhone has been shared by Macotakara today that suggests a notchless screen and USB-C instead of a Lightning port (or nor port at all) could be in the works. The prototype also shows what could be a different camera setup compared to what we’re expecting on the iPhone 12 later this year.

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USB-C Stories May 11, 2020

Hyper is out today with an update to one of its most popular I/O products, the HyperDrive Duo 7-in-2 USB-C Hub. The new hub features HDMI video output of 4K @ 60Hz, a removable grip to work with MacBook cases and a more secure connection to your MacBook, 2 USB-C ports with up to 100W charging and 40Gbps data transfer, microSD card reader, and more.

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USB-C Stories April 29, 2020

VESA has announced today that its DisplayPort 2.0 specs are coming to USB4/USB-C that will bring a jump in the capabilities of video output. The standard will support up to 16K displays with video data throughput of up to 80 Gbps.

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USB-C Stories April 3, 2020

Satechi launched its latest multi-device USB-C charger at CES back in January and it comes with the most ports and power you’ll find in pretty much any option on the market. Read on for our full review of Satechi’s 108W USB-C PD Desktop Charger.

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