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Your Next USB Connector Will Be Thinner, Reversible

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As mobile devices get increasingly slimmer, so too will their corresponding USB connectors. Even better, you won’t have to flip the cable when you try to slip it in upside down. Finally.

Development for the next-generation USB connector, called the Type-C, is underway and will be thinner and sleeker than current USB 3.0 cables (pictured above), according to the USB 3.1 Promoter Group, which is made up of industry heavy hitters including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Intel.

To pack the powerful punch of the USB 3.1 standard, which can move data at 10 gigabits per second, into a smaller cable, it will closely resemble the USB 2.0 Micro-B. But it has a few advantages over existing models: Specifically, it’s reversible, meaning users no longer need to worry about plug orientationThe plug design is similar to the Apple’s Lightning cables and will take away one of USB’s main frustrations. The downside is that the new cables won’t work with existing connectors. Read more…

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