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Next USB connector will be reversible and thinner

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Next USB connector will be reversible and thinner
Ever struggle trying to recharge your phone in the dark? Usually the main problem is that your USB cable plug is reversed so that it won't fit into the port. It's the old kindergarten problem of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole. But that is about to change. Soon, your USB cable will be reversible and might even be a bit thinner. That should eliminate some late-night aggravation and make some smartphone owners a lot happier.

On Tuesday, the USB Implementers Forum and the USB 3.0 Promoters Group announced that they are hard at work, designing the USB Type-C connector that will be built using existing USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 technologies. The connector will feature a new design that will work with new products and will be similar in size to the current USB 2.0 Micro-B plug. Being reversible, users won't have to worry about how they are holding the connector to use it correctly. The Type-C connector will also support scalable power charging and increasing speeds and bus performance. That means it could be the last new USB plug design for some time.

So what will happen to your current devices? After all, the Type-C plug will not work with existing receptacles. Well, the good news there is that the new connector will work with adapters to allow you to continue to use your favorite products. Specifications are expected to be reviewed in the first quarter of next year with final specs published in the middle of 2014. For those who fumble with their USB plug in the middle of the night, the new design can't get here fast enough.

"The new Type-C connector furthers USB's lead in addressing customer desire for more flexibility and higher performance, This allows USB to increase performance and continue to deliver ease of use to several evolving product categories for years to come"-Roland Sperlich, Product Line Manager, TI Consumer and Computing Interface

source: USB-IF via PhoneScoop

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posted on 04 Dec 2013, 10:41 6

1. nicholassss (Posts: 351; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Stoked on this. Apple dropped one of these and I can't believe it wasn't around for other devices sooner!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 10:42 12

2. nguaca (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)


look like they like the lightning cable made by apple

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 17:51 3

21. almostdone (Posts: 126; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


but doesn't electrocute anyone on the way.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:25

25. c.hack (Posts: 514; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Unless you pug it in and drop it in the tub with you. Oh I forgot, droidlets know nothing about complex stuff like electricity.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 23:11 4

28. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


You're right. All they know is:

1. How to get into developer mode and fiddle around with settings.
2. How to root their phones, extending their capabilities.
3. How to side load apps, further extending their phones' capabilities.
4. How to fully customize their OS the way they desire.
5. How to install roms, allowing further customization and extending the capabilities much, much further - all while extending the lifespan of the phone's usage.

"Droidlets" may not look like much, but their OS sure as heck offers them the possibility to turn into relatively knowledgeable geeks, whereas your grandma will only know how to unlock and launch an app from your certain other OS.

/popcorn

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:02 6

3. datsyuk (Posts: 169; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Lightening connector is awesome it really is super convent to plug it in either way.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:02 7

4. CreeDiddy (Posts: 310; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Thank Apple for the innovation on this...

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 14:45 5

16. designerfx (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


LOL wut?

This has been around for years. Apple just did it on their connector. Microsoft actually had a version of it for computer electronics before apple.

Additionally, Europe has been doing this with power cables since 1951. Seehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets#Consolidation for a history lesson. Yay, Apple?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 16:00

17. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 98; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


Apple was smart to do it, but they deserve no thanks for making a change that wasn't innovative and probably didn't influence USB. Even if they were first (they weren't), that doesn't mean the development wasn't inevitable. Kudos to them, but no thanks necessary.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:18

30. TheYellowDart (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)


Apple only innovates when it make financial sense for them to do so. That's why the Ipad Mini will never be a top shelf tablet since it would chew into the air's profits. For them its all about making sure they don't dip their profit margins too low, and licensing a new cable for everyone to buy and calling it innovation is simply their tactic.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:05 13

5. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Why does it have to be thinner?? Its already easy to bend one of these by accident....just make it reversible and call it a day....

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:12 14

6. Stuntman (Posts: 734; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


You can feel which side of the USB connector is which in the dark. The wider side has two little bumps that you can feel.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:28 3

7. maxnooze (Posts: 12; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


okay daredevil lol

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:49 1

10. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 861; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Only smart people know that and are willing to try it out.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:54 1

14. rallyguy (Posts: 558; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Or if it doesn't fit just flip it over.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 16:01 2

18. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 98; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


I'm torn... direction agnostic just makes sense, but, seriously, is it really a big deal? First World problems.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:29 6

8. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I hate Apple, but I have no problem giving credit where credit is due. The lightning Cable was a solid design and a great idea for the mobile industry. I'm glad to see other companies planning to do the same thing.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:32 5

9. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


X100000

For all the things I hate about Apple, I LOVE the lightning connector. The design for it should be an industry standard - very durable, reversible and works well.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:03

22. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 186; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The Lighting cable is a lot of things but durable is not one of them.
It arcs up and gets a black coating then won't work on that side, when the other side blackens its time for a new one.

Why do you think so many people buy after market ones, it's not because they want two of them.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:40 2

26. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1151; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


I have had three in my house for more than a year, charging devices daily, and not one failure. My anecdotal evidence is no better than yours, but given there is no massive outcry over Lightning failures, I'm guessing mine holds more water.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:07 2

12. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


+1 Completely agree, they got it right. What I like about the Lightning the most is the quick disconnect. For anyone who has tripped over a charging cable and pulled out a usb connector, it's a cringe moment when you pray you didn't trash the connector.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:10

24. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 186; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Nokia's charging plug was a great design, some people used the same one for 5+ years with no issues.
No need for it to be reversible as it was round.

Its only drawback was it had no data capability.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 11:51

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


this!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 12:57 1

13. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Do away with cables and sockets all together. Wireless charging all the way!!!! And i know some will argue that cables are required to sync your phone with a computer but realistically, we don't even need cables for that anymore. Not when we have Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth and NFC.

If we were to do away with all the cables (worldwide) over night, think how much time and resources we would save as a whole.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 14:26

15. Taters (Posts: 3280; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Why are people actually giving Apple credit? The only reason they did it first was because they can. For example, Sony's memory pro duo and their betamax were much better than the standards too but they were doa because you don't f**k with the standard.

That is only reason why no one else improved on the micro USB cable, because they couldn't even if they wanted to.

Apple gets way too much credit for being the only one capable of changing standards. People would have changed them ions ago if they could.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 16:05

19. timepilot84 (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Nah, the reason they did it is so that they could put a chip in the cable and force their users to pay $30 for an official cable instead of using any old Chinese cable that costs $2.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 17:39 1

20. skymitch89 (Posts: 1081; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I don't really care if my USB cable is reversible or not. Yes, there are times that I do wish that the cable was reversible, but it's not that big of a deal to me. I've just gotten used to which way it plugs in to my phone, and I mainly plug in by using the way that someone above me stated, feeling for the little "bumps" on the one side and flipping it so that they are on the bottom side.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:08

23. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 751; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Bitch please, Nokia's old-school charger can be inserted at any angle, although their charging time is relatively slow compared to current USB chargers. Anyone wants to see the return of the old-school Nokia charger?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 18:58

27. The_Innovation (Posts: 563; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


What I would really wish for, is for the USB to stop charging when the device has reached 100% charge. This will help for those who charge their phones overnight.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 09:29

29. linaresx (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


SUCK IT HATERS!!! The impossible accomplished in just 18 years. As Timbuk 3 says "The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades."

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