Reversible USB connectors coming

Jamie Lumsden, ClickOnline.com

, Last Updated: 2:18 PM ET

A redesign of the USB connector is currently underway, with the new version boasting two important features that will leave us wondering what the hell we were thinking with the design that is currently in use. The next generation of USB connectors are smaller and, more importantly, reversible! No more right-side up when attempting to plug in these new USB connectors!

The re-imagined USB connector is expected to be ready for manufacture by sometime in the middle of next year and available to consumers shortly after. The new USB design will still be based on existing USB 3.1 technology, which means it will match, but not exceed, the 10 Gbps speeds that are currently the standard.

It doesn't take a visionary to see how smaller and easier to plug in are good things when it comes to electronic accessories, but man is it going to be a pain having new and old USB connectors that aren't compatible...

Then again, I suppose that's the history of consumer electronics in a nutshell.


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