Love it and hate it — USB cables are part of our gadget-filled lives. Now it’s finally time for a much welcome upgrade to the connectors featuring a smaller and reversible plug orientation.
As some people know, it can take several tries to get a USB cable to connect, and has resulted in more than a few jokes being made about it.
And more than a few tantrums I guess.
AnandTech lists some of the changes:
- Completely new design but with backwards compatibility
- Similar to the size of USB 2.0 Micro-B (standard Smartphone charging cable)
- Slim enough for mobile devices, but robust enough for laptops and tablets
- Reversible plug orientation for ease of connection
- Scalable power charging with connectors being able to supply up to 5 A and cables supporting 3 A for up to 100 watts of power
- Designed for future USB performance requirements
- Certified for USB 3.1 data rates (10 Gbps)
- Receptacle opening: ~8.4 mm x ~2.6 mm
- Durability of 10,000 connect-disconnect cycles
- Improved EMI and RFI mitigation features
AnandTech writes that since the standard is just now finalized it will be some time before we see the new connectors in production devices.
Could we get a standard that doesn’t look ugly? Fine, reversible is good. But why must USB look clunky, like something designed by a Soviet committee in the 70’s.
Sigh… Maybe they should just copy Lightning from Apple and be done.