The end of USB? Why millions of dongles could soon be rendered useless

WIRELESS technology and the rise of better USB-C could end our love affair with a popular piece tech.

THE END: Is your dongle about to become useless?

THE END: Is your dongle about to become useless?

In every office drawer across the globe you’re likely to come across the humble USB stick.

This favoured format was first invented in 1996 and has become one of the most popular ways to transfer files and data between computers and smartphones.

But the ageing technology could be about to meet its maker.

Many new laptops are now opting for the latest USB-C technology with Apple ditching the standard USB completely from its super-slim MacBook range.

A year ago we called the , but now it’s starting to make far more sense.

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With wireless technology improving and online data storage now safer and more affordable than ever, the USB stick is slowly becoming redundant.

If you want to transfer files you can now send them across the internet or beam them directly between machines.

Apple’s AirDrop is a great example of how easy it is to push files from one device to another without the need for a wired connection.

And online services such as Google Drive and WeTransfer make sharing content between friends and collegues much easier than physical hard drive.

So, will the USB go the same way as floppy disk?

NO PORTS: Apple's new MacBook has ditched USB

NO PORTS: Apple’s new MacBook has ditched USB

It’s not going to happen overnight as too many people still like plugging in via USB.

But this format has now got a huge amount of competition and it might not be long until more laptops follow Apple’s lead.

One of the biggest reasons for ditching USB ports on portable computers is the ability to make them thinner and lighter.

USB-C is much smaller than standard USB and it can transfer data as well as charging the device at the same time.

When Apple killed the DVD drive on its Mac range tech fans went into meltdown, but with the online movie streaming revolution now complete, DVD players are rarely missed.

We fear the same thing could soon happen to your USB dongle.




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