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Next USB 3.0 Connector to be Reversible

By Norman Chan

In development now, and should be out next year.

A lot of people got excited today by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group's announcement that they've begun development on the next-generation of USB connector. The new USB Type-C plug, which will be designed for USB 2 and 3.1 connections, will be similar in size to the existing USB 2.0 Micro-B standard that most non-Apple smartphones uses for power and data connections. According to the USB 3.0 Promoter group, the connection is being created to work with "emerging product designs" and will scale for future USB bus performance. Existing USB ports will require adapters to be compatible with the new plug. But the detail that tech enthusiasts are latching on to is that Type-C will be orientation agnostic, meaning you can plug it in with either flat side facing up. And while that is an improvement over the existing mini and micro connectors, I don't think most people had any problems with their existing notched connections. It's the legacy USB Type-A connector (the rectangular one) that most people have trouble with, and there's no indication that's going away. Regardless of the shape of the USB connector that plugs into your portable devices, you're still going to have to plug in the Type-A side of the cable into your desktop or laptop computer and AC wall warts.