Marco Arment has a scathing and altogether too accurate accounting of the USB-C standard. Anyone who is dealing with the headaches of managing different USB-C cables, hubs, and chargers is all to well aware of the problems associated with the standard, but Marco’s post is the best summation of all the problems in a single location.
550 votes to 12 says that chargers need to be standardized.
Awesome news for consumers in Europe who have to deal with the multitude of manufacturers that use proprietary adaptors for no clear purpose. Note: I exclude Apple from the ‘no clear purpose’ category, as lightening adaptors are wickedly more awesome to use than microUSB. This is a fact I’m reminded of every time I plug in my Android phone and wife plugs in her iPhone. Especially when doing so in dimly lit situations (i.e. almost every night in the dark).
On that note, USB Type-C connectors (which, like lightening connectors, will fit into ports regardless their orientation) cannot come soon enough!
An excellent piece that address how the Web is increasingly shifting from a domain of open standards that facilitated the free exchange of data and flight of users to proprietary standards designed to limits subscriber flight.