USB-C is a dead ringer for Apple’s Cinema Display power cord

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USB-C: The one connector to rule them all. Photo: Apple
USB-C: The one connector to rule them all. Photo: Apple

There’s been a lot of talk that Apple invented USB-C, even though the company hasn’t made any official claims yet. The evidence is already compelling, but here’s another sign Apple had its hand in USB-C: It looks just like the company’s Cinema Display power cable.

Check out the comparison below:

USB-C on top, Apple's Cinema Display power cord on bottom.
USB-C on top, Apple’s Cinema Display power cord on bottom.

The striking resemblance was spotted by Marc Robinson on Twitter. John Gruber revealed over the weekend that his well-informed sources told him “USB-C is an Apple invention and that they gave it to the standards bodies … and that the politics of such is that they can’t really say that.”

Other evidence that points to Apple as the inventor of what’s bound to become the new industry standard include a patent filed in 2013 describing a slim, reversible input/output electrical connector for transferring a variety of data types including HDMI, audio, USB and video. Other companies are free to use USB-C, with Google the first to announce its new Chromebooks will sport USB-C ports.