Beat me to it! TBH, I have wondered for many years why the ends of various usb cables had different ends.
The resolution of the orientation issue of USB cables is great but it does mean that there is no backward compatibility [New cables won't fit old devices]
Oh great; another fecking USB "standard".
I'll believe that when I see it!"This new industry standards-based thin connector delivering data, power and video is the only connector one will need across all devices."
Last edited by Andrew_C; 4th December 2013 at 08:06 PM.
On the subject of older USB cables/connections [Ref: My earlier post] I'll just leave this here:
Wish I'd found it before: It would have made explaining a problem to a member of staff MUCH easier.
That picture is wrong isn't it? the first connector is a mini B plug.
It would be funny if this wasn't true!
I think Apple's approach is better. Make a better designed connector that's slightly more expensive.The man who invented the USB, Ajay Bhatt of Intel, a chipmaker, barely thought about power. His main aim was to cut the clutter and time-wasting involved in plugging things into a computer. The keyboard, mouse, speakers and so forth all required different cables and often drivers as well. The USB connection’s chief role was to help computers and devices negotiate and communicate.
Mr Bhatt did not think he was creating a new charging system. Indeed, the trickle of electricity (up to ten watts on the existing standard) is still barely enough for devices such as an iPad. Yet USB charging is now the default for phones, e-readers and other small gadgets. Some mobile-phone manufacturers are already shipping their products without a power adaptor. Ingenious inventors have eked out the slender USB power supply to run fans, tiny fridges and toy rocket-launchers.
Mr Bhatt, who invented it 20 years ago, is delighted. His next plan is to make the USB cable "flippable"—so that the plug fits the socket whichever way it is inserted (for now it works only one way round). That tiresome flaw is because an original design priority was to make manufacture as cheap as possible: few believed his idea would really catch on. (Source)
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