You can already buy a reversible USB to Lightning cable

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The next-gen version of USB will be reversible like Apple’s Lightning connector, meaning you’ll be able to plug it in from either side. Called USB Type-C, the new connector recently entered production, and leaks indicate Apple could ship compatible cables very soon.

If you can’t wait any longer, you can actually buy a Lightning to reversible USB sync cable right now.


An accessory maker in Hong Kong called Truffol is selling a 3.3-foot Lightning cable with a custom USB design that lets it be used from either side. The cable costs only $9.99 and comes with a 18-month warranty and 30-day return policy.

But that still doesn’t mean you should buy it. The cable is not USB Type-C, as the real design is actually closer to the Lightning connector in size. Not only is it not made by Apple, but it doesn’t appear to be part of Apple’s certified Made for iPhone program.

After it was announced that USB Type-C was finished and ready to be implemented in new gadgets, there were several leaks of Apple cables using the new design. While it’s unclear as to whether the iPhone 6 will ship with the new cable, your current USB woes will be no more soon enough.

  • Tom Mack


  • landoncube

    The animation indicates that the plug will not insert in either orientation…

    • Alex Heath

      The GIF is demonstrating how a regular USB cable works…

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