Apple's new Lightning cable could be reversible on both ends

Apple's new Lightning cable could be reversible on both ends
According to a tweet from Sonny Dickson, the teen in Australia who gained fame last year for leaking parts of the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c, the new Lightning cable for Apple's mobile devices will be reversible on both sides. While the next USB C connector will also have that feature, Apple's cable could be ready in a matter of a couple of months.

Apple plans on achieving the reversibility by putting thinner pins in the middle of the connector, which allows it to have the same room to plug into the proper port regardless if it is oriented right side up, or upside down.

Assuming that this is a legit Apple design, and not the workings of a third party manufacturer, perhaps Apple will show these off on September 9th when the next iteration of the iPhone is expected to be unveiled. With total reversibility, just imagine how much sweeter your life will be.

Apple's new Lightning cable is rumored to be reversible on both sides

Apple's new Lightning cable is rumored to be reversible on both sides


source: @SonnyDickson via Gizmodo

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62 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Has there been an article about this on PA?http://www.xperiablog.net/2014/08/14/slim-and-reversible-usb-type-c-connector-finalised-headed-to-future-smartphones/ Oh whoops just clicked the link in this article so they said something about it last winter.

3. Ashoaib

Posts: 3259; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I dont remember any article about usb type c connector... may be bcoz its not from apple or samsung?

36. engineer-1701d unregistered

I remember this article lol wow but it's Apple so every spree fan out there will believe they made it. Not like anyone really cares about reversible usb

46. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I would love to have a reversible cable for my Android phone. Wouldn't you? Stop hating broseph.

50. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

You want a reversible cable where the USB end reverses? I would think a more useful solution would be a reversible microUSB connector that plugs into the phone. But then Apple has that patented, so you won't get that absent buying an iToy. I suspect the reversible USB connector is a solution in search of a problem. People tend to keep their notebook/PC much longer than they keep their phones, so the only sales of reversible USB-equipped devices will be new purchases.

2. thephonedude

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

Another point for planned obsolescence....

44. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

What....how is this planned obsolescence? The USB is the same as before, so it works with all USB ports, the only difference is that it is reversible so it is less likely that it'll break when someone shoves it into the port the wrong way.

48. tedkord

Posts: 17090; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Is it, though? I'm not sure how they can achieve compatibility with current USB ports, as those are designed with the leads all on one side of the port. We'll see, I suppose.

4. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Ka chiiiiiiing!!!!!!!! $$$

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lets shell out another $100 for the next revolutionary charger.

40. imparanoic

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

except if apple releases it will be US$40/gbp25/jpy35,000/euro30

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not bad Apple.

7. Derekjeter

Posts: 1448; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

This will make me very happy. All phones should have this starting with phones coming out this fall

10. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

and apple will charge you with a "premium 119$" for it

13. Derekjeter

Posts: 1448; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So you want it free? You fan boys get upset that Apple wants to make profit. What's wrong with a company making money? Its not your money we will spent, it's our hard earned cash or in my case it will be the cash from selling my GS5 to buy this $119 dollar charger cuz that's probably what I will get for the GS5 since Android has horrible resale value.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If you sell your S5 for $119 you deserve to get robbed.

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

LOLOLOL +1

37. engineer-1701d unregistered

Hell I will buy from him for $119 let's talk I got the money

19. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Uhhh. Sure. There have been numerous articles over the past two years showing how androids resale values are the same as Apple. Also, the GS5's current resale value is above the iPhone 5S. So there's that too.

25. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Not sure where you are from but over here the gs5 can barely be sold bnib above $450. That's about on par for an iPhone 5s used 16gb that will probably sell in a day. Not to down the gs5 but to say it's worth is very wrong. I think people just don't like touch wiz first impressions.

28. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I haven't looked up the numbers , but I bet that is BS. Expecially after 1 year. As far as the iPhone 5s, it will be a year old next month. The S5 is 6 months old. Plus the new iphone 6 is coming out next month.

31. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

well its not like this in my country iPhones holds on to 65-70% of its value for 11 months ( just before new one come to market.) samsung roughly sells for about 55% of its original value just because it becomes a lot cheaper after few months .

22. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Okay, I'll give you $150 (keep the change) for your GS5!

26. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

well, my girlfriend wants to switch from apple to a GS5, so please tell me it's white, blue or gold then I'll give you 120$ (not 119) plus a bunch of colorful lightning to usb connectors as you seem to collect and adore usb connectors. deal?

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAO, you're so right. As good as android is, the resale value is horrible. At&t only will give me like $130 for my note 3. They offered me $337 for my iPhone 5, but I sold it for $420 cash.

47. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Very simple. iPhone releases one flagship phone per year. So, it holds its value. When Samsung & HTC come out with new flagships every month, they drive down the price of the one released only a month prior. Folks will only pay so much for a smart phone. If your flagship is $300 and you come out with a better one only a month later (as Sammie, HTC & Motorola are known to do) you can't price the new one at $350. You have to price it at $300 and the less fancy one must be cheaper.

52. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Try Gazelle.com for your Note 3. Good condition buy price is $210, Flawless condition buy price is $230. That includes pre-paid shipping to Gazelle. Just one more reason to not do business with AT&T.

55. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Or Craigslist... Lol.

59. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I love Burberrys clothes I have a shirt, 3 colors.

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