USB Connector To Become Smaller and Reversible As Devices Slim Down - HotHardware
USB Connector To Become Smaller and Reversible As Devices Slim Down

USB Connector To Become Smaller and Reversible As Devices Slim Down

Great news for those waiting for the tried-and-true USB connector to follow the path of Apple's thinner, smaller lightning connector... at least in terms of overall size. While mini-USB and micro-USB are certainly tiny by most definitions, they're still a little chunky when seen on some of the world's slimmest phones and tablets. In order to keep progress marching on, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced that a next-generation plug is in development. The USB Type-C connector will be compatible with USB 3.x and 2.x technologies, but the most important part is this: it'll be both smaller than the existing plug, plus it'll be reversible.


The reversible bit is probably Lightning's biggest improvement, as you no longer have to worry about which side is "up," therefore there's no risk of breaking anything due to an incorrect insertion. The release also notes that Intel is onboard with the new connector, so the rest of the industry should get onboard soon.


The new size is slated for "industry review" during Q1 2014, so don't be surprised to see a machine or two with the new plug (at least in prototype) at CES 2014 this January. 
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Oh snap, I guess my rant from a few weeks ago wasn't so crazy after all. lol http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/p/72188/587557.aspx#587557

Intel developed Thunderbolt/Lightning so it's not really a surprise that they're onboard for this ...they've already done it before. :)

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Can't wait for this. USB has been a great standard, despite all of its different form factors (micro, mini, A, B), but not having to worry about which way to plug it in would be amazing.

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reversible? awesome, no more of this nonsense:

http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2388

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