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Video Shows New Lightning Cable with Reversible USB Connector in Action

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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
 

ScottishCaptain

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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.
 
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boechat

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Apple, please
 
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Jimrod

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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.
 
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satcomer

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What an absurd statement.

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.

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it only is reversible so doesn't matter..it works

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.
 
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gaximus

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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.

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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.

This uses the standard USB port. It'll work in old computers or anything with a USB port in it
 
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stephen1108

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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.

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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.
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.
 
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WBRacing

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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.
 
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Anonymous Freak

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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.)
 
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gaximus

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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?
 
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Michael Scrip

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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.

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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