There’s a new type of USB cable and connector on the way. USB Type-C connectors are about the same size as a micro USB connector you’d normally find on a smartphone. But the new standard is designed to work with phones, tablets, and laptops.
As promised, new USB Type-C cables will also feature reversible plus so that there’s no way to insert a cable “upside down.”
USB Type-C supports USB 3.1 SuperSpeed transfer rates of up to 10 Gbps and can deliver up to 100W of power to charge your devices — including laptops.
Unfortunately the introduction of a new standard means that your existing cables and accessories might not work with next-generation devices. It’ll take a while for the new standard to become, well… a standard. There are still plenty of devices shipping with USB 2.0 ports instead of USB 3.0 ports after all.
So while the Type-C connector is now ready for production and we could start seeing devices that use the new connector hit the streets soon, you might need an adapter to actually hook up your existing devices to a USB type-C connector.