Apple’s iPhone Lightning Cable May Have Reversible USB Included

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Apple’s lightning connector was a great idea for users who tired of putzing around with their 30 pin Apple connectors. Over the weekend Sonny Dickson leaked out on Twitter that Apple may be including a reversible USB connector opposite the lightning connector which would be equally useful. Check out Dickson’s tweets after the break.


Blurb from Apple’s Patent Filing

Embodiments can provide reversible or dual orientation USB plug connectors for mating with standard USB receptacle connectors, e.g., a standard Type A USB receptacle connector. Accordingly, the present invention may be compatible with any current or future electronic device that includes a standard USB receptacle connector. USB plug connectors according to the present invention can have a 180 degree symmetrical, double orientation design, which enables the plug connector to be inserted into a corresponding receptacle connector in either of two intuitive orientations. Some embodiments of the present invention may be used with or require a non-standard USB receptacle connector. Thus, embodiments of the present invention may reduce the potential for USB connector damage and user frustration during the incorrect insertion of a USB plug connector into a corresponding USB receptacle connector of an electronic device.

A reversible USB connector isn’t new news, and you can read more about a standard USB solution HERE. It is nice to see Apple trying to incorporate the idea into the iPhone and iPad connectors. It will be very convenient  for iDevices users to have the reversible function on both ends of their cables. What do you think of these developments? Let us know on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

  Source: IBT  Source: Sonny Dickson on Twitter

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