How robust does the USB-C socket seem?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Chrissybear, May 10, 2015.

  1. Chrissybear, May 10, 2015
    Last edited: May 10, 2015

    Chrissybear macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2015
    Solihull UK
    Ok I'm being slightly paranoid maybe. I have an iPad Air 2 and the single Lightning connector seems great...

    ...but, with the rMB, there seems to be a potential issue in that if the USB socket wears, goes intermittent, or worse still, fails, you might be left with a few hours power (at best) to get your stuff sorted before failure and a trip to the repair facility (and no MacBook!)

    Not being a laptop owner (yet!), does this concern anyone? Owners, how solid does that socket seem?

    I assume MagSafe on traditional laptops is much better in this regard?
  2. darkgremio macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2011
    Well, that has concerned me as well since it's similar to an HDMI plug where the cable is the female end and the port in the male end. I am going to make the assumption that it is robust, due to Apple's testing of there products during the R&D phase. I think if it was really an issue people would be posting about it more frequently over YouTube and other social media venues.

    I am quite confident in Apple making the USB-C plug quite robust, due to the nature of the port and how many uses it serves.

    Yes, MagSafe seems much more robust, in the sense that it magnetic and pretty much consists of not really plugging anything, rather then just making contact with the the pins on the charger.
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    get that time-capsul and use cloud storage :). If my mac randomly dies all of my important files are in iCloud drive, and my entire mac is backed up to time capsule.
  4. Chrissybear thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2015
    Solihull UK
    Yes Matt good point. I do use cloud storage. Dropbox has saved me and my business more than once!

    I guess I am more concerned about the socket inside the MacBook and how well it is connected to the chassis/board...
  5. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    This will alleviate your concerns

    USB C Mechanical specs:
    o Receptacle opening: ~8.4mm x ~2.6mm
    o Durability: 10,000 cycles minimum
    o Improved EMI- and RFI-mitigation features
    o Power delivery capacity: 3A for standard cables and 5A for connectors

    As point of reference the lifetime of a USB-A male connector is approximately 1,500 connect/disconnect cycles for standard durability class & 5000 for high durability minimum. Cables are designed to sacrificial, therefore the socket will always outlast the cables.

  6. Cvx5832 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2014
    How is this different from every other device out there with one (1) charging plug?
  7. Chrissybear thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2015
    Solihull UK
    Thank you Q-6. It does indeed alleviate concerns! :)


    Clearly it isn't!

    I suppose I am enquiring as to how well the connector inside the computer is connected/soldered/whatever to its internals.

    Off to ifixit next for a closer look I guess!

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