Science and Tech


Next-Generation USB Will Be Slimmer, Reversible

USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced it\'s working on a smaller, thinner USB connector. The bad news: It\'s not compatible with current ports.
Posted at 6:38 PM, Dec 04, 2013

If you're tired of clunky USB connectors that constantly have to be flipped around because they only work in one direction, fret no more. A new backwards-compatible port is set to hit the market soon. 

It's called Type-C and will be smaller and thinner than current USBs. No pictures are available yet, but it's said to be similar to the USB 2.0 Micro-B, and it will eventually allow for slimmer devices overall. (Via SlashGearAmazon

The so-called "next-generation USB connection" is being developed by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group. In a press release, it said: "The new Type-C connector furthers USB's lead in addressing customer desire for more flexibility and higher performance. … [It] will fit well with the market's direction and affords an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB."

And with new USBs come new ports. And — you guessed it — here's the downside: The new USBs won't be compatible with any other devices currently on the market, including the micro USBs. (Via The Independent

It's actually expected to look more like Apple's new Lightning connector. (Via The Verge)

If all goes well with Type-C production, it's expected to become available next summer. And seeing as there aren't yet any compatible ports, chances are an adapter will also be in the mix.