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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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RE: Dumbing down to the Apple crowd...
By Solandri on 12/4/2013 8:32:48 PM , Rating: 2
Why don't they just add a small light to the end of the cable to see which way to plug it in

A few Kickstarter projects tried it. None of them got off the ground.

The current micro USB standard already solves this problem.

Do you see the two white rectangles on top of the diagram next to the 5 and the 1? They're triangular pieces of metal which provide some springy resistance when you insert the plug, helping to hold it in place.

That means one side of the microUSB connector is flat, the other side has two ridges you can easily feel with your fingertip. Since plugging in a cable requires holding it with your hand, it's trivial to feel the tip with your finger before you plug it in. That will tell you which side is up and which is down. Since noticing this, I have not tried to plug in a microUSB charger into my phone backwards in over 2 years, even in the dark.

By Strunf on 12/5/2013 5:09:48 AM , Rating: 2
I have never got my microUSB wrong either, but with the normal USB it was clearly a design flaw to not make it easy to identify the direction, Firewire came out a bit before the USB and you could easily tell the difference between sides.

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