The reason for a new connector was obvious. Devices are getting thinner, and the aging 30-pin connector just wasn’t going to cut it as Apple moved to a new generation of thinner and lighter products. Still, complainers complain.
USB or Lightning?
The problem many had was obvious, too. Customers already had a number of 30-pin to USB cables, even though Apple provides a Lightning cable with each new device.
Lightning cables had other advantages over USB, including plug orientation. The noise died down and lightning struck twice.
Guess who wants to have a new cable that works like Apple’s Lightning cable?
None other than the USB Group itself (PDF), which just announced the next generation of USB connector, called the USB Type-C.
Yes, friends and neighbors, guys and gals, future smartphone and tablet users will finally get a cable that works like Apple’s Lightning cable.
You know what that means? All those USB cables with the odd names will need to be ditched. Now, the real question is, will the same technology pundits who hounded and harangued Apple for the Lightning cable do the same thing for future Android smartphones and tablets which require yet another USB cable?
It’s a good thing that the prerequisites for becoming a technology pundit in the first place includes a short attention span, diminished analytic skills, and a poor short term memory.
Of course, this modern cable for USB folk won’t be available for awhile. The specification is anticipated to completed by the middle of 2014, and it will take time for new devices to be manufactured.
What will USB Type-C do?
- An entirely new design tailored to work well with emerging product designs
- New smaller size – similar in size to the existing USB 2.0 Micro-B
- Usability enhancements – users will no longer need to be concerned with plug orientation/cable direction, making it easier to plug in
- The Type-C connector and cable will support scalable power charging
- Scalability – the connector design will scale for future USB bus performance
That description seems rather similar to what Apple did with the Lightning connector.