How many times have you wanted to curse a USB connector after it's taken you three attempts to plug it in correctly? You know what we're talking about -- there's the first attempt, which seemingly doesn't fit, so you switch it around and try again. Do'h, that's the wrong way! You then turn the connector back to the original orientation you tried, only this time -- the third time -- it works. Go figure. Thankfully, there's a solution in sight, and we have pics of what the USB Type-C connector will look like.
The USB-IF is exhibiting this week at IDF Shenzhen and sent us the first renderings of the USB Type-C connector. You'll notice that it's an entirely new design, one that's been tailored for emerging product designs. USB-IF settled on this design because it's robust enough for laptops and tablets, and slim enough for mobile phones.
It's similar in size to a USB 2.0 Micro-B connector. The reversible design means you won't have to fiddle with flipping it around, and there will be an audible "click" to let you know it's been fully inserted. And in case you're wondering, the answer is yes, it will support fast transfers -- USB 3.1 Gen1 (5Gbps) and Gen2 (10Gbps).