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Work has begun on a new generation of USB that will break compatibility with existing connectors in order to improve ease of use and allow for thinner devices. The new connector, called Type-C, is an addition to the existing USB 3.1 specification and is expected to be finalized by the middle of 2014. There aren't any images available yet, but Type-C will be around the size of a Micro USB plug and, like Apple's Lightning connector, will finally be reversible — in other words, no more frustrated attempts to charge your phone with an upside-down cable.At Last, USB Plug To Be Reversible [theverge.com]
It's amazing things like this are only coming to fruition... given all the investment in time and money that goes into comp science/IT/anything to do with 'puters.