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



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.


The effect is achieved through a modified male USB Type-A connector that is different from what is found on existing Lightning Connectors. In existing Lightning Cables, the pins of this male end are attached to a buffer section of the metal casing that takes up roughly 50% of the USB Type-A connector, guaranteeing it can only be plugged in one way. In this new cable, the buffer section has been stripped away, ‘floating’ the pins in the middle of the connector and allowing it to be plugged into a computer in either direction., who discovered these shots, says that it’s possible this connector isn’t actually being made for Apple, but instead for a third-party maker of Lightning cables. Time will tell, but it’s certainly an interesting development.


  • David Fabian

    Are there any current USB products that are designed like this? I’ve never seen one like that in action, but it would be nice if it’s real.

  • We’re so close to eliminating cables altogether. I’m sitting here with my phone and MacBook streaming to my speakers over a Bluetooth connection, the sound quality is outstanding, considering. My Internet is WiFi, and my last printer was. And I see wireless hard drives in the shops now. And I haven’t even touched on Airplay yet. So why are we even bothering with cables when we could connect to all our peripherals wirelessly?

    • shah

      They are cheaper than wireless charging.

      They provide much higher transfer bandwidth than wireless can. Syncing 128GB of music/video to your device is still quicker with cable than WiFi. USB 3.1 at 10Gbps, just makes that even more so.