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First Look at Reversable USB 3.1

     
4:53 pm on Apr 3, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I can't wait for this to be rolled out. I can finally start to dream about reducing the number of connectors.

The most abundant connector standard in technology, the Universal Serial Bus, is getting ready for its most revolutionary change yet with a new specification that will be finalized in July of this year. Breaking physical compatibility with current ports, USB Type-C is much smaller than the USB plugs you're used to and is, perhaps more importantly, symmetrical. The reversible design means you'll be able to connect a Type-C cable without worrying about the plug's orientation or the cable's direction.

Intended to replace both USB and Micro USB with one universal standard, Type-C looks to be pretty much the same size as Apple's proprietary Lightning cable, which has a similar reversible design.First Looks at Reversable USB 3.1 [theverge.com]


At Last, USB Plug To Be Reversible [webmasterworld.com]
4:49 am on Apr 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I'm not looking forward to replacing all of my cables and connectors though. It will be nice going forward, but this could be a big expense.
8:28 am on Apr 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Yes, a big expense, but it'll be over time, surely. All you need, initially, is going to be an adaptor to match the existing cables.

It's not the reversible that is the most important thing, it's the fact we might reduce the number of types of connectors each piece of equipment could come with. The reversible is a benefit.
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Having the same connector with no required direction is a plus... but the real plus will be having truly usable power transferred on the same cable... tat will get rid of a few wall rats, too!
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My experience is that micro USB is physically much more fragile, so I am a bit concerned about how robust it is.
 

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