USB Type-C becomes an audio port

The international organization that manages the USB standard has just declared that the USB port Type-C is officially also an audio port. The audio jack port may see its end happen.

This is a kind of official green light that comes from the USB IF, USB Implementers Forum, by officially stating that the USB Type-C port can also be considered as an audio port.

It was expected

The arrival of Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which have passed the 3.5 mm audio jack, had made much talk of her while Apple was not the first manufacturer to do so . This removal of the audio jack port at Apple and other manufacturers allows them to reduce the number of components and thus save space for other elements to integrate into smartphones.

This disappearance may still be a problem. This is because the user will not be able to use a USB Type-C headset and simultaneously charge the device. This is the case for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Fortunately, solutions exist and are being democratized. First there are adapters, but that is not ideal. Then, the wireless charging develops, while remaining generally restricted to high-end models. Finally, more accessible, the bluetooth wireless earphones are already well in place on the market.

So classifying as Audio Device Class 3.0, the USB Type-C could really sign the end of the 3.5 mm jack port, at least on some smartphones and tablets. It will also be necessary to follow the evolution of these connections on the laptops which could also and quickly make the toggle. To be continued.