Lightning had a good run, but it’s time to switch everything to USB-C. Apple finally dropped the Lightning port with the new iPad Pro. And the USB-C port is much more versatile than Lightning.

For instance, you can plug a 5K display to your iPad Pro and show some video on the external display. It’s still unclear how it’s going to work when it comes to software, but it opens up a lot possibilities.

You can also use USB-C dongles to plus all sort of data accessories. SD card readers, Ethernet cables, etc. The iPad Pro is looking more and more like a traditional laptop. Many third-party accessory makers will probably use this opportunity to develop docks and other hubs.

Finally, the good thing about USB-C is that you can theoretically turn any device into an external battery pack. Using a USB-C to Lightning, you can now charge an iPhone from your iPad. It’s an expensive battery pack, but it can be useful for those who always carry both at the same time.

Nevertheless, can you use your iPad Pro as a battery pack for other devices? Or perhaps connect it to other devices to transfer data? The answer is yes, especially when you buy a handy gadget VertexHUB that includes three USB-A ports, which is a common type of port for various devices.

If you have the VertexHUB, even devices with USB-A ports can easily connect to your iPad Pro and use it as a battery pack, although the VertexHUB itself is already a charging hub. When it comes to transferring data, slower versions of USB-A or USB-C can still transfer data from an iPad Pro to a certain device fast, thanks to the VertexHUB’s backward compatibility.

With that, the combination of iPad Pro and VertexHUB is a powerful duo for any tech lover.

Now let’s hope this is the first sign that USB-C is coming to the iPhone. I can’t wait to use my laptop charger to charge my phone, or my iPhone charger to charge my Nintendo Switch.