Are Apple Charging Cables Really that Special?

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Apple is known, a bit, for doing its own thing.  The company takes innovation seriously, developing technology that, sometimes, you don’t even know you really need, but definitely learn to appreciate.  Playing by their own rules, the company has long been revolutionary technology—particularly in the personal and mobile fields—to become quite the trendsetter in the industry.

Take the iPod for example: while it might be somewhat obsolete right now, the ability to carry music digitally on a tiny personal listening device was all but unheard of when Apple first released it.  Now we have phones with this technology already incorporated—including, of course, the Apple iPhone—that would be hard to live without these days.

But Apple does not just innovate in the technology we use, personally. The company also looks at all the aspects surrounding that technology to innovate in even more ways.

The Apple Charging Cable

For some time now, Apple has used the proprietary USB Type C data/charging cable. This is different from other USB types in that it is a 24-pin, fully reversible USB that lets you charge a device as well as transfer data—and at lightning speeds.

The Lightning Cable

As a matter of fact, “lightning” is the term that Apple uses to describe their USB 2.0 Primecables apple charging cable.  And the term does, in fact, imply that the energy transfer is quite fast.  But also, the cable has a processor built in that detects when the phone is plugged into a wall socket for charging and when it is plugged into a computer or other device. The processor, then, actually instructs the cable to route the appropriate amount of energy in order perform specific tasks related to its energy source.

The Thunderbolt Cable

Now, the rest of the USB world has moved on from USB 2.0 technology and onto USB 3.0.  This is a yet faster and more compact cable that attempts to compete with the Lightning cable.  Of course, Apple has responded by developing the USB 3.0 Thunderbolt cable, which not only speeds charging, but also introduces a flexibility to use HDMI and VGA type adapters that can literally turn your phone into a video source for a television, projector, or computer monitor. You could even use adapters that splits the signal between two video outputs.

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