Next-Gen USB Plug Will be Reversible like Apple’s Lightning Connector

The next generation USB connector, called Type-C, will be smaller and also be reversible just like Apple’s Lightning connector, TechCrunch is reporting. The Type-C USB plug is designed for the USB 3.1 specification and scheduled to be finalized by the middle of 2014.

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The connector is reported to be the size of the MicroUSB plug and sport an array of new features including scalable power charging and support data rates nearing 10 Gbit/s. Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman, noted in a statement today that the new Type-C connector will fit well with the market’s direction and “afford an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB”.

“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 Saunders. 

This plug will not mate with existing USB plugs and receptacles. This means, sadly, one day, the dozens of MicroUSB cables accumulating in a junk drawer will be obsolete.

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has not yet released a picture of the upcoming Type-C USB connector, but we assume one will be leaked on the web pretty soon.

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  • Chrome262

    wouldn’t it be funny if it looks just like the lightning connector, then apple might be compatible with something. Actually I have seen on new ultra books that they use the same micro display adaptor as mac and you can swap them.

  • J. W.

    The mini DisplayPort wasn’t a proprietary connection electrically-speaking. Apple just took the existing DisplayPort connector and made a smaller version of it, which VESA later adopted as part of the standard.

    The Lightning connector has a few more things proprietary added to it that would make it different enough to not be adopted (shape, extra chip inside). Even without those, the Lighting connector is essentially a USB 2.0 bus, so it likely wouldn’t be used. Maybe if Apple comes out with a second generation Lightning connector?

  • Chrome262

    Yeah seems more feasible. or more likely; a 35 dollar adaptor lol