It’s been just 2 weeks since the EU voted to adopt a single cable as a standard for mobile devices and that cable has already been made redundant.
Foxconn has just revealed the first artist renders for the USB type-C plug. This is a completely new addition to the USB standard, and it features a much smaller plug which is designed to work no matter which way it is inserted into the port.
If and when this becomes the standard, we’ll all have one more cable to dig for in the bottom of our bags. But once we find the cable, we’ll be saved the effort of trying several times to plug it in.
The design and the spec have not been finalized, but the USB Implementers Forum is confident that this is what it is going to look like. And that’s a shame, becasue I would much rather see the plug standard go in an entirely different direction.
While a reversible plug like the type-C mentioned above is nice, I think the new design should also be less prone to damage. I would rather see a plug which more closely resembles a MagSafe connector. That is designed to snap into place and break away easily without harming the port it is plugged into.
I know that the odds of the new USB port breaking are low, but when multiplied times the millions of devices that use USB you end up with tens of thousands of mobile devices which cannot be charged anymore. I would say that’s a good argument in favor of a MagSafe-type of connector, wouldn’t you?