Originally Posted by Ireland
Isn't it sad that because the writer here seemed to give USB 3.1 a fair shake, I automatically knew DED didn't write the article, without checking.
I've tweeted about wanting reversible USB 4 years ago. This standards body is too slow, they should be pushing to get this sorted in the first quarter of 2014. Frankly, I hope USB kills Thunderbolt, because when we're standardised on a good port everyone wins. Also, the article should have mentioned that not being reversible is a huge blow to Thunderbolt.
Even if USB 3.1 is what is described here, it will still have problems with latency and priority. It is built for packet-based communication. Thunderbolt, much like Firewire, is built for streaming. I expect USB 3.1 - based monitor to delay or skip frames, especially if external devices are connected through it.
Also, Thunderbolt is available since Feb, 2011 (almost 3 years). USB 3.1 standard won't be available for at least 6 months (more like a year). That means commercial availability in 1 to 2 years.
In the mean time, Apple already utilizes Thunderbolt 2 (20GBps). And if Intel engineers manage to solve issues such as channel bonding, they might push for for the initially promised 100GBps.
On a side note, 4K displays are already on the market. In two years they will be the standard.
So, forgive me for not being overly enthusiastic about USB 3.1, as it won't replace Thunderbolt, nor HDMI. Nor will it replace Lightning for that matter.