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Right side up, upside down makes no difference when utilizing the USB Type-C cable (via USB.org)

Most all of our devices have a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port of some type in order to be recharged and sync data with other devices. There are several different USB 3.1 types that are currently on the market that were set by the USB Standards for use with our devices, including Type-A (pictured above), Type-B (the box-like connector), Micro (smartphones/tablets) and Mini (GPS, external hard drives, etc.). Each has a different form factor, which limits universal connectivity, making our lives that much harder.


Those days will soon be over as the USB Standards have recently announced the upcoming release of USB Type-C, which is the same size of Micro USB but has the same potential power and data speed of Type-A. Actually, the connecter doesn’t have an orientation parameter, meaning users can plug it in upside down or upside right without damaging their devices. The power and data spec has been doubled from USB 3.0’s 5Gb-per second to 10Gb-per second speeds and can handle 5-amps and up to 100-watts of power. Manufacturers can now implement the new standard into their next-gen devices, so we can expect the new connection sometime in the near future.


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