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In Chrome OS, notifications to indicate potential issues with USB-C cables

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USB-C was supposed to solve a problem well known by users of computer devices: to concentrate the maximum number of functions – charging, data transfer, video – in a single and unique connector. Unfortunately, this fantasy is still not a reality, quite the contrary, it is still as much a mess as regards cables, and USB-C has unfortunately tended to complicate things.

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In the new version of Chrome OS (102), Chromebooks with an 11th Gen Intel chip and above will show notifications if the USB-C cable plugged into the computer might be missing a function. For example: it does not support DisplayPort, USB4, or even Thunderbolt. The USB-C cable can also be less efficient than the device it is plugged into (its speed is 20 Gbps while the Chromebook port can go up to 40 Gbps).

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In its wisdom, the USB Implementers Forum has come up with logos indicating maximum charging and data transfer power, but there’s no mention of DisplayPort anywhere. Moreover, one can think that the multiplication of logos is likely to generate great confusion for the user.

We suddenly find ourselves dreaming of the same thing at Apple, whether on macOS or iOS.

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