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The smaller, reversible USB that will replace all connectors is ready for production

The design for the next-gen USB has been completed, and it plans to solve the problems associated with current connectors.

Fingers crossed it's the right way round.
Fingers crossed it's the right way round.
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THE NEXT VERSION of USB connectors are finally ready for production, according to the organisation behind it.

The USB Type-C specification, which is designed to be both reversible and get rid of the problem of figuring out which side is the right way up, similar to Apple’s Lightning connector.

The new reversible design was originally announced last December, and is expected to work with all devices including mobile devices, tablets and laptops. It will be smaller than existing USB cables and will support scalable power charging.

Since it uses a different port, it will mean that existing devices which use the old USB ports will need an adapter for it to work.

The supplement to the new USB is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

Back in March, the European Parliament passed a new law which meant technology companies would have to provide a universal charger that can fit in any device.

Member states will have two years to impose the rules into their national law with phone makers given another year to catch up.

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