Making Sense of USB-C and Thunderbolt Cables and Ports on Your MacBook

The latest MacBook Pro sheds almost all ports; it includes only a headphone jack, a few USB-C connectors, and it also supports the latest high-speed Thunderbolt 3 standards. What’s the difference?

Despite the “U” in USB standing for “universal,” the standard has come under fire for confusing consumers. Some cable manufacturers have been accused of breaking standards, and cheap USB-C cables might even damage your electronics.

Let’s try and make sense of this mess of MacBook ports.

What Is USB-C?

Also known as USB Type-C, USB-C is a symmetrical connector designed to replace the existing Type-A and Type-B connectors