Microsoft Promises Delayed Surface USB-C Adapter for 2018
Editor's Note: this article was updated at 9am Eastern, with what appears to be a leaked image of the adapter.
While Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay said that this adapter would arrive in 2017, The Verge reported yesterday that a Microsoft spokesperson claimed this dongle is "on the roadmap for later this year." The adapter will convert the proprietary Surface Connector port to a reversible Type-C port, for those with more-recent accessories.
We hope that any laptops Microsoft releases this year will include the Type-C port, as its Surface Book 2 includes the port.
Previously, Panay explained the lack of Type-C ports by stating "The last thing I want is to take away the port they need today and tomorrow and the next day to achieve a technology milestone where I then put a barrier in front of my customers." This statement was a clear, albeit indirect, slam on most recent MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops, which offer Type-C ports, and no others.
A leaked image of the Microsoft Surface Type-C adapter — tweeted by @hoxod — shows a quite-bulky brick, that looks more like a part of a laptop power adapter than a port converter.
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) March 27, 2018
While USB 3.0 to USB Type-C adapters already exist (available in packs of two on Amazon for as low as $8.99), none come from vendors as well-known or reputable as Microsoft.