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It's meant to enable a new class of thinner devices

There's a new USB plug on the horizon, and this upgraded version will finally be reversible. 

According to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, the next-generation USB is called "Type-C," and development on the new connector has already begun. 

Type-C, which will be built on existing USB 3.1 specifications, will finally have a feature many have been waiting for: reversibility. 

Other plugs -- like Apple's Lightning connector -- are already reversible, allowing users to easily plug right in without trying to see if they have it upside down or not.

USB is about to get a facelift. [SOURCE: wikimedia]

Type-C is expected to be about the size of a Micro USB plug, and it's meant to enable a new class of thinner devices in the way of phones, tablets, convertibles, laptops, desktops and emerging products. 

“While USB technology is well established as the favored choice for connecting and powering devices, we recognize the need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “The new Type-C connector will fit well with the market’s direction and affords an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB.” 

Type-C isn't compatible with existing USBs, but the USB 3.0 Promoter Group will have a specification for adapters and cables so that many existing USB chargers out there aren't immediately considered obsolete.

Type-C should be finalized in mid-2014. 

Back in August, The USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced new USB 3.1 specifications that allow SuperSpeed USB to operate at speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

Source: USB

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By BillyBatson on 12/4/2013 1:34:25 PM , Rating: -1
but who CARES about reversibility! There are only 2 ends of a cable so you have a 50% chance of grabbing the right end on the first try and even if you get it wrong you can have the correct side in your hand with a quick flip! and that's if you didn't notice the larger end on current USB cables right off the bat.
The real upside to this will be smaller ports on devises like ultrabooks which means more usb ports can be included on the device! This really doesn't help cellphones since they already have the smallest possible port on them. This is great for laptops ultra books and tablets like the Surface that currently feature a full sized USB port.

RE: awesome!!!
By Etsp on 12/4/2013 2:09:18 PM , Rating: 3
You didn't actually read the article, did you?

RE: awesome!!!
By BillyBatson on 12/5/2013 10:06:25 AM , Rating: 1
I did, what did I miss?

RE: awesome!!!
By GTVic on 12/4/2013 3:59:58 PM , Rating: 2
You didn't think that through. Right now there are too many variables to missing the connection. Eliminating the orientation will significantly cut down on missed attempts.

Often people don't make a connection even though the orientation is correct. So then they try connecting multiple times with both correct and incorrect orientation until they get all the variables correct (angle, vertical position, horizontal position and orientation).

RE: awesome!!!
By Visual on 12/5/2013 5:48:30 AM , Rating: 2
The reason they often do not make connection is not in the listed variables. Rather, one of them just doesn't like the other. If both liked each other, they find a way.

RE: awesome!!!
By BillyBatson on 12/5/2013 10:11:36 AM , Rating: 2
I did think it through and you are talking nonsense. Angle? Horizontal and vertical positions? I just visually look grab the right end of the cable th first time, make sure the plastic piece is at the bottom and stick it right now. You aren't having sex here you're just connect a USB cable. I don't have issues doing either unlike most of the brain dead morons here on DT.

RE: awesome!!!
By HeavySnarker on 12/4/2013 4:08:58 PM , Rating: 2
It's pretty annoying.
Story of my life:

RE: awesome!!!
By BillyBatson on 12/5/2013 10:53:59 AM , Rating: 2
That's hilarious!!!!!
But not something I've experienced with USB...

RE: awesome!!!
By BillyBatson on 12/5/13, Rating: -1
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