According to a press release by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, the group of companies building future USB cables, the development of the next generation USB connector has begun. As we near the second year of Apple’s Lightning cable, this is certainly welcome news for users of the outdated, single-orientation USB cable.
The new connector, dubbed Type-C, will be “thinner and sleeker” but won’t stem too far away from the current USB 2.0 micro-B plug. The main advantage is that the cable will be reversible making it easier to charge devices.
Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman said, “The new Type-C connector will fit well with the market’s direction and affords an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB.”
Alex Peleg, Intel’s VP of Platform Engineering Group stated, “Intel is excited to see the development of the new thin Type-C connector as it will enable an entirely new super thin class of devices from phones to tablets, to 2-in-1s, to laptops to desktops and a multitude of other more specific usage devices. This new industry standards-based thin connector delivering data, power and video is the only connector one will need across all devices.”
Type-C is expected to be in-market by mid-2014.