USB 3.0 is the most widely used data transfer method among PCs, tablets, hybrids, and smartphones. USB 3.0
has been around for a while now, and, to date, it has only one rival—Intel’s Thunderbolt technology
, which is found primarily in Apple’s laptops and desktops. Despite the fact that Thunderbolt is twice as fast as USB 3.0 (10Gbps versus 5Gbps), due to its ability to charge peripherals, and the fact that it’s much cheaper to deploy, USB technology remains far more desirable among users and manufacturers alike.
Dubbed “SuperSpeed USB” by usb.org and USB product developers, USB 3.0 is on the verge of being replaced by Universal Serial Bus Revision 3.1, also known as “SuperSpeed+ USB” in the not-too-distant future.