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The Reversible USB of Your Dreams is Almost Here

by Jacob Kleinman | August 15, 2014August 15, 2014 9:00 pm PST

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The USB connector of the future is almost here. On Tuesday the design for a reversible Type-C USB specification was finalized, paving the way for a new generation of power cords similar to the reversible Lightning Cable introduced by Apple back in 2012.

The big news here is how much easier plugging in your non-Apple smartphone is about to get. No more checking which side is up, just stick that charger in and move on. It’s worth noting that the switch from today’s Type-B spec to Type-C won’t happen overnight. Even though the first reversible USBs will likely roll out in the near future, it could be a few more years before the rest of the industry catches up.

Beyond charging your smartphone and tablets the new USB standard will be powerful enough to power laptops, meaning you may only need one cord for all your devices in the future. Type-C also promises to double transfer speeds from 5Gbps to 10Gbps, and the new USB design should also scale easily so even if USB speeds increase you shouldn’t need an extra connector. There’s a lot to be excited about, but like we said it could be a while before we see any real change begin to take hold.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...