As the holiday season rolls around, it’s time to reflect on the consumer technology standard that has revolutionized our gadgets in 2023. USB-C has undoubtedly been the favorite standard of the year, with its versatility and potential to simplify our lives. From the iPhone 15’s switch to the Type C port to the introduction of high-powered GaN chargers, USB-C has made significant strides. In this article, we delve into the ups and downs of USB-C, its impact on our charging habits, and what the future holds for gadgets with ports.

USB-C has come a long way since its introduction in 2013, but its adoption has been relatively slow. However, we are now on the verge of a breakthrough where one cable could potentially charge all our devices. The Vergecast’s Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Alex Cranz kick off this holiday special by discussing the current state of USB-C. They explore the ubiquity of the cable, the challenges of charging gadgets, and what lies ahead for this technology.

To showcase the complexity of USB-C and its specifications, the Vergecast crew decides to have some fun with a game called “USB-C Price is Right.” Nilay, David, and Alex compete against each other, playing for a Vergecast listener who will have a chance to win an exciting Verge swag basket from the merch store. This game highlights just how confusing USB-C can be and emphasizes the importance of understanding its intricacies.

Wrapping up the show, David and Nilay have a special guest: Noah Dentzel, the CEO and co-founder of Nomad Goods. They discuss how USB-C on the iPhone has transformed Dentzel’s business and delve into the challenges of building cables compatible with this technology. Dentzel also shares his excitement for tech accessories in 2024 and gives insight into the trends and innovations that we can expect to see in the coming year.

As the year comes to a close, it’s evident that USB-C has made a significant impact on the world of gadgets. From its slow but steady adoption to the potential for one cable to rule them all, USB-C has revolutionized our charging habits. This Vergecast holiday special serves as a reminder of how far we’ve come and offers a glimpse into the future of USB-C. As we bid farewell to 2023, let’s embrace the exciting possibilities that USB-C brings and look forward to a happy, safe, and fast-charging holiday season.


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