Next generation USB connector to be slimmer and reversible

A new slimmer and reversible USB Type-C connector akin to Apple's Lightning connector is currently under development, with its completion expected by mid-2014.

The USB Implementors Forum (USB-IF) is developing the next generation USB Type-C connector, aiming to meet the needs of evolving design trends through its smaller size and increased functionality, as well as eliminate the universal frustration of putting the connector in upside down.

"While USB technology is well established as the favoured choice for connecting and powering devices, we recognize the need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability," said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman.

"The new Type-C connector will fit well with the market's direction and affords an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB."

Intel has already expressed an interest in the connector, which will be able to support scalable power charging and capable of working with a new class of super-thin devices.

"Intel is excited to see the development of the new thin Type-C connector as it will enable an entirely new super thin class of devices from phones to tablets, to 2-in-1s, to laptops to desktops and a multitude of other more specific usage devices," said Alex Peleg, Vice President, Platform Engineering Group.

"This new industry standards-based thin connector delivering data, power and video is the only connector one will need across all devices."

The new connector has already drawn comparisons from industry experts with Apple's Lightning connector due to its slim and reversible design.