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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 marvdmartian on 12/5/2013 7:34:47 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, but just think of all the time that will be saved, since people will no longer have to try it one way, then flip it over. Or actually LOOK at the plug, to determine which is the right way.

Should add up to a minute or so per user, per year!


By Tony Swash on 12/5/2013 11:55:36 AM , Rating: 2
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Oh, but just think of all the time that will be saved, since people will no longer have to try it one way, then flip it over. Or actually LOOK at the plug, to determine which is the right way.

Should add up to a minute or so per user, per year!


What's with all the Ludditism? Stuff get's changed and improved, sometimes incrementally, that's a good thing.

In answer to your "Or actually LOOK at the plug, to determine which is the right way" what about the visually impaired, those over fifty with declining vision, inserting a cable where the socket is out of easy line of sight, in the dark, if you have reduced usage of hands through illness or disability, etc, etc.

Easier is better, simpler is better, harder is worse, more complicated is worse, and not all users are able bodies young folk. Plus if you attach device cables a couple of dozen times a day, as I do, wasting time getting the connector the right way round adds up to a lot more than a minute a year. A cable connector that can invite erroneous insertion positioning is a poorly designed component.


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