Microsoft is making a Surface USB-C dongle for current devices, but the software giant also seems to be creating a USB-C Surface connector for its future laptops and tablets. In a patent registering, highlighted by MSPoweruser, Microsoft discloses it’s performance on a version of its Surface connector port that will perform with current USB-C devices.
The patent, registered by Surface designer Jan Raken, explains a resolution which will manage Microsoft’s magnetic connector for power, at the time of maintaining the port on the device USB-C. Unluckily, Microsoft’s patent does state the connector will only maintain USB 2.0 speeds. This could give the port a bit useless, particularly as most USB-C exercise use USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 abilities. But Microsoft may have handled to enforce USB 3 speeds on the Surface device port by own, and easily prohibits the Surface connector to USB 2.
By both method, many Surface users will be expecting Microsoft can join Thunderbolt into its USB-C plans for the future. Microsoft’s Surface connector does give the comfort of the MagSafe-like magnet links that Apple discontinued from its new MacBook Pro lineup, but sent speeds will be a intense scope of interest for upcoming Surface devices.
Microsoft’s Surface chief, Panos Panay, described to The Verge previously this year that the company is holding a cautious approach to USB-C for Surface. “The last thing I want is to take away the port they need today and tomorrow and the next day, to achieve a technology milestone where I then put a barrier in front of my customers,” states Panay. “A dongle or an adaptor or a cable that didn’t work because it was Thunderbolt or wasn’t Thunderbolt or I bought the wrong peripheral or I tried to charge it with my phone charger but it wasn’t enough to charge my device all day. Those are those moments.”