Do Apple Products Use Standard or Proprietary Cables?


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Apple frequently uses proprietary cables for its mobile devices, namely the Apple 30-pin dock connector and the Lightning connector cable. Apple helped develop the Thunderbolt port and used it in desktops and laptops since 2011 but may be turning toward standardized USB Type-C connectors, as of 2015.

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Although Apple has historically favored proprietary cables and ports and continues to do so with mobile devices, the mid-2015 MacBook offers just a single USB-C port for all wired peripheral connections. This is a break from the company's long-time use of the Thunderbolt ports that it co-developed with Intel and may signify a commitment to standardized USB connections - at least in the desktop and laptop spaces.

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