What’s the difference between usb c and lightning

Were USB-C and Lightning both designed by Apple?

There was a story circulating a few years ago that Apple had come up with both technologies. That’s not really true. While Apple did work on the USB-C design, so did a large number of other companies – including Google, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft and Samsung – under the collaborative name of the USB 3.0 Promoter group.

Rumours are that Apple grew impatient for the technology standards to be agreed upon, and instead opted to go its own way with Lightning. So far this has served it well, as the proprietary nature of Lightning means accessory companies have to license it from Apple, providing an additional stream of income from Lightning headphones and the like.

Lightning also allows Apple the freedom to implement new features whenever it wants, without having to wait for any other parties to agree. In truth, though, not much seems to have changed with Lightning since its introduction back in 2012 on the iPhone 5.

Are they reversible?

They are indeed. One of the joys of using either type of connector is that you no longer have to go through the peculiar dance of the ports that accompanied the previous USB-A design.

Plug it in this way up… oh wait, no, that’s not right. Turn it over… hold on, it doesn’t fit this way either. Go back to the first way… now it’s in. What sorcery is this?!

There are minor differences in approach. The Lightning cable has a male connector, which means that the pins and main protuberance are on the cable itself rather than the port.

USB-C does have a sticking out bit on the cable, but the pin section is in the port, and slots into the aperture on the head of the cable.

All sounds rather saucy, but in real life the upshot is that both are easy to insert and remove.

Is USB-C faster than Lightning?

The real difference between the two connectors comes down to what they can do, and how fast they can do it.

USB-C is actually just the style of connector and port; the real power comes from the USB 3.1 technology it uses, which can deliver 100w of power, and is capable of the SuperSpeed 10Gbps data transfer rate.

It can also support full DisplayPort A/V performance, up to 8K resolutions at 60Hz. Plus, it’s backwards-compatible with VGA, DVI, USB 2.0, and HDMI so long as you have the right adaptors.

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