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    Next Generation USB Connector To Be Slimmer And Reversible


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    Beat me to it! TBH, I have wondered for many years why the ends of various usb cables had different ends.

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    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]

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    Oh great; another fecking USB "standard".

    "This new industry standards-based thin connector delivering data, power and video is the only connector one will need across all devices."
    I'll believe that when I see it!
    Last edited by Andrew_C; 4th December 2013 at 07:06 PM.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    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.
    It's great to have a 'standard' isn't it?

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    That picture is wrong isn't it? the first connector is a mini B plug.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    The resolution of the orientation issue of USB cables is great
    ... and the USB port orientation issue!



    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    it does mean that there is no backward compatibility
    A good thing too! I would rather sacrifice backwards compatibility than be stuck with the total mess we have at the moment. MicroUSB 3.0 is even worse than 2.0!


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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    That picture is wrong isn't it? the first connector is a mini B plug.

    Ben
    A separate source for a similar image agrees with the original on that point:


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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    A separate source for a similar image agrees with the original on that point:

    That's better images though as I can see the difference between the A & B on that, never seen a mini A in real life.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    That picture is wrong isn't it?
    Here's a better picture showing all of the different combinations of connectors.



    There are far too many USB connectors!!!!



    Last edited by Arthur; 4th December 2013 at 09:03 PM.

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    It would be funny if this wasn't true!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    It would be funny if this wasn't true!

    Not a problem with my apple usb lightning connector

    /Grab my coat n runs

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Not a problem with my Apple usb lightning connector
    The reason USB was originally designed the way it was, was due to cost.

    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)
    I think Apple's approach is better. Make a better designed connector that's slightly more expensive.

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    BBC News - USB Type-C cable plugs to be reversible

    I like this especially the quote under the 2nd picture.

    Ben

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