Originally Posted by Case Labs
This is likely to become a classic "chicken or egg" situation. Device manufacturers are likely to be slow to roll out type C devices because there is enough support for them. Case manufacturers will lag because there isn't enough demand. The market is slower to move than most people realize (especially here on OCN). We were years late to the USB 3.0 party and yet, still got flack for dropping 2.0 connectors. At least now, we're not reliant on third parties as we were in the past (we make our own now), so we're watching the market to see how it plays out. If the laptop market moves quickly on it, then the changeover will likely be much faster.
Thanks for your (amazingly swift) reply! Now maybe I'm missing a key piece of information, but given my understanding of the situation, it seems like CaseLabs would be in a great position to roll out USB 3.1 ahead of the general market?
If you are able to have your own USB 3.1 (gen2 - which is the new naming convention, confusingly) TypeC kits made, its good you aren't dependent on waiting for larger 3rd party suppliers. On the user end, I'm guessing that many users interested in CaseLabs (like those in this very board ) are enthusiasts more likely to adopt USB3.1 / TypeC early or at least see an option for it on a case as a benefit. It seems strange that you were given flack for dropping USB2.0 connectors in the past, especially as 3.0 were backwards compatible. Likewise, USB3.1 (or even Thunderbolt) is backwards compatible with 3.0/2.0 devices, so users are only gaining options not losing them. Though I admit there may be some edge cases out there, but perhaps it could be handled with that famous CaseLabs customization? A la carte parts/accessories for the current USB3.0 I/O kits could remain available, at least for a time, alongside new ones for USB3.1 TypeC? If you have manufacturing capabilities, perhaps you could even offer USB-A to USB-C adapters that are electrically 3.1 compliant, so no one could say they couldn't use their A devices from the start? Sure, people could also buy them from Amazon and whatnot, but my cursory search revealed a mishmash of suspect quality products - typical for such cables and adapters - so if the price was anywhere near reasonable, I imagine users would be happy to pick up a pack of adapters from you guaranteed to be electrically 3.1 compliant.
Given the current rate of adoption, I anticipate that there will be a wider expansion of USB3.1 TypeC over the remainder of this year and into 2017. Adoption seems to be growing considerably in all sectors, from mobile (for instance, the Nexus 5x and 6P Android phones, as well as those by OnePlus, and several tablets. This year's models will probably bring even more, thanks to the additional charging benefits 3.1 offers and TypeC makes it easy to plug in. GSMArena is full of upcoming phones/devices using TypeC, especially for flagships and those trying to do away with the 3.5mm headset jack, saving precious mm with TypeC), to laptop (Laptops from Razer, Asus, MSI, Sager/Clevo and the like seem to offer a few ports, not to mention Thunderbolt. Even some more traditional brands like Dell XPS now offer at least one port. ) to even the desktop PC case world (EVGA's inclusion on their new, pre-order case line reminded me to make this thread). When Thunderbolt 3 powered docks and external GPU (or other hardware) enclosures make a wider debut, that will continue to bolster the connector.
The general market probably moves a lot slower overall, but with all of these developments among enthusiast products, but it seems that those designed for niche populations are already arriving for sale. I would suppose most of CaseLabs user base would be happy to see USB3.1 TypeC(gen2) as an option available on new cases as well as accessories for retrofit. Thanks!
Edit: Whoops, I actually typed this on a tab with just yesterday's reply, so for context I hadn't seen the additional discussion.Edited by Xaeos - 6/12/16 at 11:28am