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      ...Given the additional power that can pass through USB type C, I'd love to see household outlets switch to type C to eliminate the rats nest of transformers that go to all the electronic devices in the house. Keep gen 110V plug for microwaves, space heaters, and refrigerators, but also build in USB Type C with plenty of current where the transformer is in the wall outlet and change everything electronic to this new standard.
      Such receptacles have been available for some years now. For example, here is one from Leviton - available at your local Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-...and-USB-Charger-White-R02-T5632-0BW/205092277
       
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      Such receptacles have been available for some years now. For example, here is one from Leviton - available at your local Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-...and-USB-Charger-White-R02-T5632-0BW/205092277
      Not quite. The USB ports on such receptacles are usually 2-5 watts and are Type A (the basic serial ports for PCs). USB type-C can go much higher. My 15 inch MacBook Pro has an 87W power supply running juice through the USB type-C cable. I think that's enough for many electrical components around the house (bluetooth speakers, stereo system, Xbox, Nintendo, etc) plus, not only for power, but we can pass data and video through this magical cable using DisplayPort or thunderbolt.

      So microUSB is only useful for tablets and phones but not enough for high-end computers or anything else requiring more current. usb Type-C with thunderbolt 3 is the way to go. It's not just an Apple thing, in fact Thunderbolt was invented by Intel, not Apple. Apple just chose to be one of the first (along with Google) to adopt it. So when you need to get an adapter, don't blame Apple for this, it's Intel that you should praise or blame.
       

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