If mini versions of bus connections work the same, why not use it for everything?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by poiihy, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. poiihy, Dec 8, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2014

    poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    You know how most busses have mini versions of their connections. USB has mini-USB, DisplayPort has Mini DisplayPort, HDMI has Mini HDMI...
    But all these mini connections work the same as the original. So why are we using these regular-to-mini cables and adapters to connect small devices to large devices, when we can just have all devices use the mini versions? You can fit a small port on a big machine, but you cannot fit a big port on a small machine. And with MacBooks getting thinner and thinner, the regular USB is becoming too big already! Apple and Intel is developing a USB type C, but why? What's with all these variations; mini-USB, micro-USB, USB type B, blablabla? Why don't we just use one variation for everything? This would eliminate the pain and hassle of using different cables and adapters.


    I have been reading this article. USB A and B are to prevent power sources from being connected to other sources, and to keep them only be connected to power receivers. But USB type A and B also have their mini versions anyway! Why not use Mini-USB A and Mini-USB B?

    Also, this idea does not exist with HDMI and DP; there is no type A and B; anything connects to anything.
  2. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    Good point I'd like to know the same the has do be some limitation to the mini version.
  3. mfram macrumors 65816

    Jan 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA USA
    Because the larger versions are more robust and easier to use.
  4. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Yeah, its pretty easy to screw up a mini sized socket, although that lightning style connector seems to be much better.
  5. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    Agree - watched quite a few usb mini connectors poop out on cable and device.

    The 3.1 connector looks good on paper ;)
  6. mm201 macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2013
    You clearly haven't tried to unplug a big DisplayPort cable. ;)

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