Next-Gen USB Connectors Will Finally Be Reversible

by Christopher Freeburn | December 6, 2013 11:45 am

Next-Gen USB Connectors Will Finally Be Reversible

The humble USB port has become a standard feature on desktop and laptop computers and accessories. In fact, having too many USB ports is rarely a problem.

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Source: Wikipedia[2]

But getting USB devices to fit properly into their ports[3] can some times be a bit of a pain, since figuring out which way the connector slides into the port can take several clumsy attempts. Now, the group that oversees USB standards says the next generation of the devices will solve that problem, ABC News notes.

When the USB Type-C ultimately reaches consumers late next year, it will work no matter how it is oriented, meaning that users won’t have to fumble around to get everything facing the right way.

The new connecter its designed to “meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability,” according to the chairman of the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which is helping to develop the technology.

While the Type-C may be easier to connect, it won’t fit in standard USB ports, meaning that consumers will have to continue to put up with current USB cables until the next generation becomes standard and older models gradually disappear.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/USB-3.0.jpg
  2. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Connector_USB_3_IMGP6033_wp_.jpg
  3. to fit properly into their ports: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/usb-connector-plugs-upside-rightside/story?id=21095764

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