- Jul 11, 2001
Way to stifle innovation
There is a reason why everyone but Apple already moved to USB-C - it's a great connector. There is still plenty of room for innovation within the context of USB-C. Just like USB-A went through many changes from USB 1.0 to USB 3.1 over the course of a quarter century, I expect the same to be true for USB-C. There have already been a lot of upgrades to USB-C, to the point where it's difficult to see it holding anything back for the next 10-15+ years.
While the total free-market approach works for some things, I think standards do serve an important purpose. Can you imagine the cluster-fuck that we would be living in if houses didn't have standardized power outlets? What if there was no RJ-45 Ethernet connector standard and you had to crimp on a different connector for each different device?
Innovation and compatibility are not mutually exclusive. Compatibility is a good thing.