In December, last year, USB 3.0 Promoter Group organization, responsible for the development of the standard, has announced a new version of the USB- connector. It will be a two-sided device, i.e., it can be turned over. Renders posted on the Web gives an opportunity to estimate the dimensions of the new connector and the connector in comparison with the current USB 3.0.
Type-C connector of next generation is designed for devices with USB 3.1 and 2.0 and is comparable in size to the Lightning- plug. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that users no longer have to guess which way to insert the cable into the USB- slot.
USB connector Type-C is compatible with the currently existing connectors, so to connect it special cables and adapters are required. However, its appearance will produce ultra-thin electronic devices.
The advantages of Type-C include reduced size connectors that will also have a universal shape (and you will not worry about which side to connect the cable), charging power devices and a significantly higher data rate (probably up to 10 Gbit/s).
Another useful property that is worth special attention is the versatility of Type-C. The creators say that now as USB will be used for charging gadgets and content delivery, and for video broadcast. Final performance report will be published in July, and the first products using Type-C interface will appear at the end of the year.
Observers say that the Promoter Group follows the example of Apple, which released Lightning universal connector for iPhone 5 and for the latest models of iPad and iPod in 2012.