Apple patent explains how USB-C will make every other connector obsolete

USB-C: The one connector to rule them all. Photo: Apple
USB-C: The one connector to rule them all. Photo: Apple

Apple still hasn’t owned up to inventing USB-C, the brand new connector featured on its 12-inch MacBook — but Apple patents have all but tied the technology to Cupertino. The latest describes how a do-it-all connector that fits USB-C’s description is going to make every other port you’re using obsolete.

It turns out Apple invented USB-C

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USB-C might be another Apple invention after all. Photo: Apple
USB-C might be another Apple invention after all. Photo: Apple

If it seems weird to you that Apple abandoned Thunderbolt, its all-in-one connector created just a few years back, in favor of USB-C for the new MacBook, you’re not the only one. It is weird. But there might be a more straightforward explanation for that than you think: According to a new rumor, Apple effectively invented USB-C.

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.

The iPhone 6’s Lightning cable could be reversible on the USB side too

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With the next-gen USB 3.1 standard now heading into production, the USB connectors of the future will be a lot more like Lightning. Featuring small, reversible connectors, the new USB Type-C cable will be particularly well suited to syncing and charging smartphones and tablets… again, just like Lightning.

But new images said to come from within Foxconn show that Apple isn’t done innovating with Lightning just yet, and that we won’t have to wait until USB Type-C to become ubiquitous to have fully-reversible USB Lightning cables. The shots are purportedly of a fully-reversible USB connector for Apple’s next Lightning cable. In other words, instead of having to plug the Lightning cable into your computer in one specific orientation, you could do it either way.