Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Dec 2013 23:40 UTC
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USB cable developers have announced that a forthcoming version of the connector's plug is to be reversible.

It means users of the Universal Serial Bus cables will no longer have to worry which way round the part is facing when plugging it into a device.

The specification is due to be completed by mid-2014, and the first product on the market by 2016.

Spend only a few days using Apple's Lightning connector, and you'll realise how small things like it being reversible just makes life that tiny little bit less frustrating. About time USB did this.

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Reversability at what cost?
by vnangia on Thu 5th Dec 2013 01:03 UTC
vnangia
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2011-08-08

I must disagree. The Lightning connector on my wife's new iPhone 5S (putting aside the licensing paranoia from Apple, which is a separate story in itself) very often refuses to engage correctly, meaning she wakes up to a dead phone. Sigh.

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RE: Reversability at what cost?
by leos on Thu 5th Dec 2013 03:06 in reply to "Reversability at what cost?"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

I must disagree. The Lightning connector on my wife's new iPhone 5S (putting aside the licensing paranoia from Apple, which is a separate story in itself) very often refuses to engage correctly, meaning she wakes up to a dead phone. Sigh.


So you have a defective product and you didn't think to return it?

Either that or there is dirt in there. Nothing about the lighting port itself would cause it not to engage.

Edited 2013-12-05 03:07 UTC

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vnangia Member since:
2011-08-08

What is defective exactly?

By which I mean, is it the iPhone 5S or the cable? Since the "Genius" people here don't believe there's a problem with their product, and yet we can replicated it fairly consistently, I'm curious what you believe is the fault so I can try using that explanation.

It is a brand new iPhone 5S. There is no dirt in the port.

Edited 2013-12-05 04:33 UTC

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RE: Reversability at what cost?
by David on Thu 5th Dec 2013 04:19 in reply to "Reversability at what cost?"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

The only problem I've had with lightning connectors are with the off-brand Chinese eBay cables I have tried, none of which work. With the Apple cables, I've had no problems.

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vnangia Member since:
2011-08-08

This is with the cable and charger that shipped in the box along with the phone, from a reputable dealer (directly from our carrier, T-Mobile USA). It is highly unlikely to be a fake.

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