By now you’ve seen pictures or video of the reversible USB cable Apple is planning to release with the iPhone 6. It is a really nice and useful concept. But how exactly is Apple accomplishing this feat? We have some answers to that question. Some newly released patent info gives us some detail about how the reversible USB will work.
The design is so simple that it is actually genius. The USB outlet will feature a central stalk where the connector is located. That stalk will slide to the side, no matter which end is up on the USB port, allowing for a successful plug-in each time. Seeing it here, I’m surprised it took this long for someone to figure out.
This device doesn’t re-invent the USB connector, but it does make it faster and more hassle free when you want to plug-in. That’s all the user really cares about anyway. Since Apple hasn’t made the reversible USB official, we don’t know what material they are using, but it seems like it would be fragile. Hopefully that isn’t the case. Rumors say that Apple is making this reversible USB part of a new Lightning Cable, which could be packaged with new Apple iOS devices.