It can take a little concentration to figure out which way is up when using a USB port such as one on a MacBook Air; the Thunderbolt port to the right is keyed to make orientation a bit easier. A new USB connector on the way will be reversible so it won't matter which way people plug it in.
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The group behind the USB standard has begun work on a new connector that's designed to fix a two-decade-old problem: it can be hard to tell which way is up.
The Type-C connector will make Universal Serial Bus more like Apple's Lightning connector, which is used on newer iPads and iPhones. With it, customers don't have to make sure the connector is flipped upside-down compared to the port.
USB is burdened by a variety of different connectors today, meaning that customers often must have the right cable to plug in the right camera, external hard drive, phone, printer, or thumb drive. But the Type-C connector is designed to sweep away all these predecessors with a single, all-purpose port.
"This new industry standards-based thin connector, delivering data, power and video, is the only connector one will need across all devices," said Alex Peleg, vice president of Intel's Platform Engineering Group, in a statement.
With new USB connector, no more wrong-way-up cables
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:41:34 GMT