Reversible USB Lightning Cables May Be Coming with New iPhone & iPad

Aug 18, 2014 - 5 Comments

Reversible USB lightning cable

Apple may introduce a reversible USB Lightning adapter soon, marking a subtle but welcome change to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch USB connectors. The reversible portion of the cable would be the USB side that connects to a Mac or PC, as the Lightning adapter end is already reversible.


Multiple reports and pictures claiming to be of leaked Apple adapters have surfaced to support the claim, and an Apple patent was also uncovered which details some of the specifics.

If you’ve ever fumbled around trying to plug a USB cable into your computer, you likely know how useful this would be, since there would be no more guessing as to which side up the USB adapter end has to be to plug in correctly. Frankly, it’s sort of amazing it has taken this long to even consider the idea, hopefully it pans out.

Reversible USB lightning cables

There’s no indication on whether or not the redesigned USB cables, if they arrive, will be any tougher than prior Apple USB-to-iOS cables, which seem to be prone to fraying over time.

Assuming this rumor pans out, it’s fairly likely we’d see the new USB cables introduced alongside the iPhone 6 on September 9, and the next generation iPad later in the fall.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in News, Rumor

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  1. Greg Walters says:

    How about a cable that doesn’t fray?

  2. Steve Pavlominus says:

    A solution in search of a problem. Like this issue is something that needs to be solved.

  3. Luke says:

    This is a nice idea, but how does it fit into existing USB slots which are not symmetric?

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