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Reversible USB Type-C Standard Coming to Smartphones and Laptops

You know what is the absolute best thing about the Lightning connector that debuted in the iPhone 5? It’s the fact that there is no up and no down. The connector is completely reversible. That kind of flexibility will soon be coming to the rest of the world, because the USB 3.0 Promoter Group and the USB Implementers Forum have confirmed that the new USB Type-C connector standard is ready for production.

Why is this important? Well, unlike every other USB standard thus far, the new USB Type-C connector will be reversible, just like the Apple Lightning cable. The new cable and connector will have two sets of pins, so it doesn’t matter if you put the cable in right side up or upside down, because either the “top” or “bottom” pins can make the suitable connection to the port. The new USB Type-C will adhere to the same kinds of standards we already see with USB 3.1 SuperSpeed connectors, so you’ll get the same kinds of transfer speeds and power outputs.

Another big thing to note about USB Type-C is that it may eventually replace the USB ports and cables on all your devices. It’s similar in size to the micro USB 2.0 type B connector you see on smartphones today and it could just as easily be implemented on notebooks, tablets and whatever else. No more dealing with full-size USB, mini-USB, and micro-USB… well, at least that’s the hope until they decide to create a USB Type-D.

In any case, with all the certification and ratification stuff handled, the onus is now on manufacturers to start pumping out products with USB Type-C ports and cables.

Via MobileSyrup and USB 3.0 Promoter Group

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