If you’re still wondering why everyone’s so excited about the new, do-it-all USB Type-C standard, check out the video below, which shows Apple’s new MacBook being juiced up by a portable battery pack and the OnePlus 2’s new USB-C cable.
It’s going to take a while, but USB-C will eventually replace many of the cables we’re using today. It’s not just good for data transfer and charging, but it can also send and receive signals via HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, Ethernet, Thunderbolt, and many more.
So, like the MacBook, future notebooks and mobile devices will need only USB-C ports (although more than one would be nice) and you’ll no longer have to worry about buying different cables for different things.
The cable you use to charge your laptop will also connect it to your smartphone, tablet, TV, camera, and more. And those portable battery packs you buy to charge your mobile devices will work just as well with your notebook, too — as demonstrated in the video below.
Uploaded to YouTube by OnePlus founder Carl Pei, the quick, 20-second clip shows the company’s battery pack and USB-C cable charging Apple’s new MacBook.
The OnePlus 2 will be one of the first Android-powered smartphones to adopt USB-C, which will be officially supported by Google’s platform with the Android M update this fall. The connector will then be making its way to other devices, so you can expect to see a lot of it in 2016.