Video Shows New Lightning Cable with Reversible USB Connector in Action

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last Friday, a report and photos of a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector surfaced, which was followed by another image from frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson. Now, Dickson has shared a new short video of the Lightning cable in action, showing its USB connector being reversed and plugged in both ways.

    Apple could start shipping a new Lightning cable alongside the next wave of iOS device releases this fall, which will likely start with the iPhone 6 next month. It is unknown if the updated cable will contain any new features aside from a reversible USB connector, although past rumors have pointed to support for high-definition audio playback.

    An Apple patent discussing a reversible USB connector was also published last month, and discussed a more user-friendly design compared to current cables. However, it is unknown if this new cable will face challenges from the likes of California company UltraTek, which already holds a patent itself for a reversible connector and currently sells cables through major online retailers.

    Article Link: Video Shows New Lightning Cable with Reversible USB Connector in Action
  2. macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2009
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
    I can't wait to replace my current torn up Lightning cables.
  4. BryanElliott, Aug 18, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2014

    macrumors newbie


    Jan 9, 2014
    Los Santos
  5. macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2011
    4 stories on a cable.... it better be something special :rolleyes::rolleyes:
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    Apple already has problems with their cables continually falling apart at the slightest sign of duress.

    I'm curious to know what people think is going to happen with this new USB connector now that Apple has removed half the support material from the inside to facilitate the reversible feature. Hint: it's going to behave like all their other cables. The moment you abuse it or bump it in the wrong way, it's going to snap or fracture and fail.

    I'm sure they'll be heralded for their "revolutionary thinking" on this one, but there was a reason why USB cables were built they way they were. I would much rather a standard plug with an indent on the top or something else you can feel (to determine which way is up) then a cable that will be twice as fragile and probably cost twice as much to replace as well.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2014
    Me too!!!
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2008
    It can be reversible all it can be, but if it is still USB 2.0, it is a waste.
  9. macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2011
  10. macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    Eagerly await the complaints once these newer cables also begin to show wear.
  11. macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    I keep thinking Apple CarPlay is going to nowhere if Apple keeps changing the connection port every two years.
  12. macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2014
  13. macrumors 68040

    Jan 8, 2013
    it only is reversible so doesn't works
  14. macrumors regular

    May 27, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    As someone commented in the thread on the Mac Pro security bracket: and the rollout of "the best product pipeline in company history continues".
  15. macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    What an absurd statement.
  16. macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    That doesn't show anything. Take out the internals and it will do that.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2010
    Apple are still missing that small detail that most of their users want, and it's very simple - just supply their products with longer cables. An extra 50cm will be fine thank you.
  18. macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    What is so wrong with that statement? Car manufactures don't like constant change! Everyone knows the technology in cars is usually two years behind the times. So it's a killer to find a car with a current lighting cable. Plus all those cars with standard USB ports are hit & miss and now Apple has a new USB connection.


    Yea but in car they have to use STANDARD USB ports in their cars. This new lighting cable will mean that one with have to bring their own cable. Plus all those speaker docks will now be obsolete again.
  19. macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2011
    This uses the standard USB port. It'll work in old computers or anything with a USB port in it
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2007
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    No.... the fact that it's reversible also means it's backwards compatible with older USB ports. They will work with existing USB ports just fine, the lightning side of things haven't changed either. It's the same lightning adapter.
  21. macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2012
    Personally I like the 50/50 game of getting it the right way round first time, and the slight feeling of smug satisfaction I get when I (all too rarely) do.
  22. macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Yeah, I can make that video, too. I just break the circuit board/metal contact part out of an existing USB connector....

    Or I can use the existing TrippLite reversible USB cables.

    Sorry, this attention is a bit much for an existing technology... It's just the current seller of it doesn't hype it.

    As for the comment "it better be USB 3" - why does it matter? The lightning port on the iPhone/iPad isn't that fast. It's almost a sure thing that the storage system on the iPhone/iPad isn't that fast. Perhaps on the iPhone 6 / iPad Air 2... But Apple has been moving away from wired connections for iDevices except where "required" (charging,) as it is. The Lightning-to-HDMI adapter is already just a wired AirPlay adapter, you don't get any better quality than using AirPlay over WiFi to an AppleTV.

    I would rather see UWB or 802.11ac, to enable wireless data transfer faster. (And the ability to mount the digital camera portion of the iDevice wirelessly, so you can import videos in to iPhoto as if plugged in, and delete iDevice photos/video via iPhoto - then the only thing I'll need to plug in for is power.)
  23. macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2013
    Is it just me or does the box at the beginning look off.
  24. macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2011
    My question is, how does the swaping of the pins work when you flip it over? Since the ground and positive pins swap places and the same for the data pins, does the plug's "tongue" have the pins wired so the top and bottom of the pins are opposite? Or is t controlled by the chip in the liturning end of the cable? Or another new chip?
  25. macrumors 68030

    Mar 4, 2011
    Apple doesn't have a "new" USB connection... it's a variation on the current plug-end only.

    It will still work in the current USB socket.

    Hell... the greatest thing to happen in cars is a USB socket... they're not going away anytime soon.

    And this reversible USB cable... and all other USB cables... will continue to work in cars with USB sockets.

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