Programmer Marco Arment loves the idea of USB-C
and its potential for replacing all other cables, but in practice, he argues that it isn’t even close: these reasons include sporadic Thunderbolt support, port shortages, unreliable chips in dongles, and complexities with fast charging.
Posted by Megalith 11:35 AM (CDT)
Before today’s USB-C can become ubiquitous and homogeneous, the next protocol or port will come out. We’ll have new, faster USB 4.0 and Thunderbolt 4 standards over the same-looking USB-C ports. We’ll want to move to an even thinner USB-D port. The press will call it "the future" and Apple will celebrate its new laptops that only have a USB-D port -- two, if we’re lucky. And we’ll have to start over again, buying all new cables, dongles, hubs, chargers, batteries, and displays to adapt it to what we really need.