How many times have tried plugging in a USB cable only to discover that it was upside down! This is probably due to the laws of the universe, much like toast must always land on the floor, buttered side down.
But now thanks to someone with a bright idea, this will soon become a thing of the past. A new USB cable connection, the Type-C, is currently being worked on. The design and specifications are due to be finalised by the middle of 2014 with the new connections and cables on the market by 2016. But what is the main feature of the Type-C?
It can be plugged in either way round! Genius!
The new design will also allow transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, twice the amount by current standards.
Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group chairman, said: “While USB technology is well established as the favoured choice for connecting and powering devices, we recognize the need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability. The new Type-C connector will fit well with the market’s direction and affords an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB.”
The Promoter Group is made up of Intel, HP, Microsoft, Renesas Electronics, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments, and agrees the design of the standard USB.
Hang on, haven’t Apple already done this with the new lighting connector…