Do you think we'll have issues with the usb-c ports?

marc55

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Oct 14, 2011
846
203
Do you think we will have issues with the usb-c ports in our 2016/2017 MB's?

If you look at the connection the usb-c cable plugs into, it looks like a thin card, and my concern is how well it will hold up to constant use?

Thoughts?
 

SteveJUAE

macrumors 68030
Aug 14, 2015
2,762
2,439
Land of Smiles
Do you think we will have issues with the usb-c ports in our 2016/2017 MB's?

If you look at the connection the usb-c cable plugs into, it looks like a thin card, and my concern is how well it will hold up to constant use?

Thoughts?
Rated for 10k insertions if compliant with USB specs
 
  • Like
Reactions: marc55

Nilhum

macrumors regular
Dec 20, 2016
199
270
It's like any port and luckily you have four. Why would it degrade any faster than USB-A or even lightning. Ports usually outlast the device themselves. Nothing to worry about. And even if they did wear out the ports are not part of the logic board so you can open it up yourself and replace it for quite a cheap price when the time comes.
 

ZapNZs

macrumors 68020
Jan 23, 2017
2,310
1,150
Yes, we will: eventually. However, I expect to get a much longer service life from USB-C connectors than we have with previous USB-A, USB-micro/Mini, FW800, Mini DisplayPort, eSATA, MagSafe, Lightning, and ethernet ports. USB Mini and Micro have developed USB a very bad reputation because they fail young, carry a laughably low amount of power, have poor service lives, and if plugged in upside down have a tendency of destroying not only the cable but the power port on the device itself - USB-C is the redeeming solution to those garbage ports. The USB IF thought this one through very well, and has placed longevity at the heart of USB-C's design.

One thing I am curious about is whether the metal Apple uses on the plugs are softer than the metal surrounding the port on the computer. My assumption is this is probably the case, to place greater (both physical and cosmetic) wear on the plug than the port, resulting in a cable replacement instead of having to replace internal components.
 

New_Mac_Smell

macrumors 68000
Oct 17, 2016
1,914
1,491
Shanghai
Rated for 10k insertions...
1431993239064.jpg


I don't think you're likely to have any issues. I've got a 25 year old laptop at home and the ports still work fine on that. Even if they do fail, the computer will probably be long gone by that time or you'll be here waiting for 'new' processors before you upgrade.
 

Fishrrman

macrumors P6
Feb 20, 2009
17,179
5,536
The question of "longevity" re the USB-c port can't be answered yet.

Ask it again after 4-5 years have passed.