USB Type C: What you NEED TO KNOW About the New, Reversible USB

We’ve had our fair share of USB cables over the year, ranging from different shapes to sizes. The new type – C USB is an important one though, which you should know all about. It’s most important feature? It’s reversible and will be entering mass production as early as 2015. We’ve got the full guide for you below, so check it out.


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If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you must have heard of a new USB type that will be entering production soon: the USB type C. Type C will be launching before the end of the year, and mass adoption should begin as soon as early 2015. Let’s get into everything there is to know about this new USB type.

As of this current moment, there are 4 main categories of USBs, as detailed below:

USB Type – A – this is the standard, rectangular form factor used by USB devices, keyboards, accessories worldwide. It’s used for almost everything worldwide.

USB Type-B – This type is more commonly used on the back of printers for connecting to other devices. It is a failing standard nowadays.

USB Type-C – this is the tiny one used by most smartphones and tablets, except for Apple.

Mini USB – this was the predecessor of Micro USB, and was used with only a few products such as some GPS units and external hard drives. It too is fading from use.

The new USB Type-C can go as fast as any USB standard, and will launch with compliancy for ‘USB 3.1’. It combines the small size of the Micro USB cable with the power and speed of the standard USB Type-A. One cable to rule them all.

Arguably, the most important feature of Type-C is the USB cable will become reversible. This will end all your problems of fumbling to get the cable the right side in. For this purpose, the USB-IF (Implementers forum) has defined passive cables which will allow newer devices to connect and fit into the older ports, alongside allowing newer devices to connect to the other connecters. This is clearly important, and we’re glad to see such steps being taken for the facilitation of us consumers.

Unfortunately, although USB Type-C is backwards compatible with previous USB standards, it’s not physically compatible. What this essentially means, is that you’ll need adaptors to fit Type-C cables into existing slots.

Recent iPhone 6 leaks have also revealed that Apple is currently working on its own form of USB Type-A, which is also reversible. This could be a blow for Type-C, if one of the world’s largest phone marker decides to use another self-developed reversible cable itself instead of adopting Type-C.

Despite some of its downsides, we can say with certainty that the benefits of the USB Type-C are far greater, and in the end, this is most likely to become a excellent piece of engineering. The first devices supporting it will be releasing by the end of this year, so fortunately, we won’t have to wait long.

Wide-spread implementation of the USB Type C will indeed take some time, but in the end, we’re sure it’ll be worth it. What are your views of the new USB cable? Let us know in the Comments below.

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