iPad Pro Break down USB-c?

chukwithak

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Im new to the USB-C plugin. Taking a look at anker, it looks like there is usb-c 2.0 , 3.0 , 3.1 , and thunderbolt? If I’m looking for a good “never have to buy again” cable for my new iPad Pro, what version of the USB-C should I be getting? It may one day be used for a display, transfer, etc...just not there yet. Would prefer a 6ft, but if there is only a 3ft, then it is what it is.
 

Treebark

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While USB 3.1 is indeed the spec to try to get if you want transfer speed, you may not reach those speeds at 2 meters (6 feet). Limit your cable length to 1 meter (3 feet) if you are going for the fastest transfer speeds.

For charging the longer cables are nice to have, just try to get PD cables, not ones that I think it is Samsung invented (Quick Charge) as the latter is not part of the USB-C spec.
 

chukwithak

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While USB 3.1 is indeed the spec to try to get if you want transfer speed, you may not reach those speeds at 2 meters (6 feet). Limit your cable length to 1 meter (3 feet) if you are going for the fastest transfer speeds.

For charging the longer cables are nice to have, just try to get PD cables, not ones that I think it is Samsung invented (Quick Charge) as the latter is not part of the USB-C spec.
PD?
 

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profets

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That’s interesting because I thought the 3.1 gen 2 standard for all practical purposes are limiting lengths to 1 meter or ~3 feet.

I suppose the cable could be used for charging but probably won’t be able to throughout data at its max specified bandwidth.
That's how I understood it as well. Lol USB-C, what a great standard.
 

profets

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A tech savvy friend who just got a new iPad Pro was asking me about USB-C. I explained to him how it all works and he couldn't believe it, lol.

He wants to grab a USB-C 3.1 cable, and was surprised that Apple doesn't make one. He's grabbing an anker one from amazon instead.

Interesting though - Apple seems to just have USB-C 2.0 cables for charging, and I guess if you really wanted you could get an Apple thunderbolt 3 cable (which is pricey) and use it for USB 3.1 transfer speeds?
 

Porterhouse

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A tech savvy friend who just got a new iPad Pro was asking me about USB-C. I explained to him how it all works and he couldn't believe it, lol.

He wants to grab a USB-C 3.1 cable, and was surprised that Apple doesn't make one. He's grabbing an anker one from amazon instead.

Interesting though - Apple seems to just have USB-C 2.0 cables for charging, and I guess if you really wanted you could get an Apple thunderbolt 3 cable (which is pricey) and use it for USB 3.1 transfer speeds?
I have a Thunderbolt 3 for my MacBook Pro. I haven't used it for transferring to my iPad Pro yet, but I have used it to charge it. It's so nice to have one charger for my laptop and my tablet!
 
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