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iPhone 6 reversible USB cable leaks


Apple reversible USB

The iPhone 6 could well come with an ingenious new charging cable, according to a recently revealed picture.

When Apple introduced the Lightning charger port standard in 2012 with the iPhone 5, it provided a much tidier solution. Best of all, it could be plugged in either way up.

For its next trick, it looks as if Apple is set to address the USB end of the iPhone cable with the launch of the iPhone 6. It could mean an end to fumbling around with your phone or tablet charger - at least for Apple users.

Serial iOS leaker Sonny Dickson posted the above image on his Twitter account recently. It apparently shows a "reversible USB port on the new Lightning cables."

How does this magical component work? It seems as if the physical connector element, which is usually fixed to one end of the metal housing, has here been slimmed down and positioned in the middle of the housing, with connector strips placed on either side.

The result - a USB connector that can be inserted any way up.

An Apple patent application for this very technology emerged last week, which appears to lend extra credibility to this image.

Of course, we've also learned recently that the next generation of the USB standard has been finalised, complete with reversible design. That new standard will take time to roll out and become firmly established, however.

With the iPhone 6 likely a mere three weeks away, it looks like Apple has finally come up with a welcome solution to an old and persistently annoying problem.

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I am unanimous in that

August 18, 2014, 11:33 am

Another overpriced proprietary cable. Would make more sense to use the new type c usb 3 cable.



August 19, 2014, 6:43 am

It most certainly would not make more sense!

The USB Type-C connector is (if you will) a shell with a thin stub inside it, and the contacts are on the stub; the stub will typically be made of plastic. The Lightning connector itself is a massive solid stub (stronger structurally than the Type-C, has no need for a 'shell' to protect it. Let's forget for a moment the digital circuitry built into a Lightning connector and the advantages that offers in terms of having what is effectively a 'programmable' jack plug.

Shell+stub designs are out-dated; I've seen grown men cry when they bend/snap shell+stub designed cables, whether they were for laptop chargers or other devices. Have you seen how many micro-parts come together to make that Type-C connector? It is the design equivalent of a box of LEGO; fun to play with but no good for actually making stuff you can rely on as too many weak points exist - check out this view http://images.anandtech.com... if you don't believe me. It's structurally weak, and Apple haven't gone with that design for a reason.

When I look at the lightning connector, I see the natural evolution of our humble 'tried and tested' audio jack plug http://upload.wikimedia.org.... It is easier, much more reliable, structurally sounder and aesthetically more pleasing to structure a jack plug/jack socket type connector than the weaker USB Type-C.

Have a look at the Lightning connector again and tell me you don't get my point?



August 22, 2014, 9:52 am

so once again apple is screwing a standard to sell cables at way to high prices


August 23, 2014, 12:09 pm

Yeah, really proprietary. Only compatible with every (type A) USB socket ever, just with less hassle.



August 23, 2014, 12:12 pm

And forcing you to buy them! Oh no wait, they're not.

Also, see below.


August 23, 2014, 6:02 pm

they have a patent, it they put it in you will only be able to buy them from apple as with there other cables, which have a 900 till 2500% markup


August 24, 2014, 6:57 pm

So just buy any other third-party USB to Lightning cable from the thousands on Amazon.

Or if you want the handy feature of the new Apple cable, pay for it. Judging from a quick look online, the current markup is more like 200%, at worst.


August 24, 2014, 7:17 pm

those cables would be technicaly illegal, nor would apple btw be allowed to call them usb.

what you would get is 1 brand (apple) using a different (sorta) usb from everyone else

now normaly i would say, hey if you want to buy apple, pay the price, but this would lead to confusion, fragmentation and frankly it is an obvious ploy to muddy the waters


August 24, 2014, 8:20 pm

Illegal? As in against the law? If the USB working group OK it (and presumably Apple will run it past them...), then there's no problem.

It doesn't muddy anything. It's just a fancy USB cable. It's like those USB memory sticks that are so thin they slide into the inside of the socket. No-one's confused by them.

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