APPLE, specifically iPhone, leaks are not uncommon in our world of gadgets and technology. Typically the rumors and news surround new iPhone models or Mac computers, we even saw a little excitement around the release of the lightning connector. However, APPLE may just have solved a problem that has plagued the computer community since the USB was first released. The reversible USB connector will allow the user to plug the USB into the PC or Mac without the hassle of the 5/50 trap that many of us have fallen into as we fail to insert it correctly on the first try, or will it.
Unfortunately, many of us have failed to insert the USB connector into the female slot, only to turn it around and meet a fate in which it does not fit, then flip it back around and it slides right in. The witchcraft that has cursed us all may just have been reversed by APPLE’s new US connector. A statement in a patent that was filed by APPLE in 2013 explains the technology behind the device.
“Embodiments can provide reversible or dual orientation USB plug connectors for mating with standard USB receptacle connectors, e.g., a standard Type A USB receptacle connector. Accordingly, the present invention may be compatible with any current or future electronic device that includes a standard USB receptacle connector. USB plug connectors according to the present invention can have a 180 degree symmetrical, double orientation design, which enables the plug connector to be inserted into a corresponding receptacle connector in either of two intuitive orientations”
However, despite APPLE’s patent filing, it seems hat UltraTek was the first to patent the device, as evident by their 2009 patent application.
“A new user-friendly USB (Universal Serial Bus) male connector is physically and functionally compatible to the existing and future USB female connectors. Unlike the conventional keyed, polarized and position dependent USB male connector. The new user-friendly USB male connector provides spare connections, eliminates potential connector damage and allows normal and opposite insertions to the USB female connectors.”
Currently, UltraTek is selling their device online as the Flipper. Apple undoubtedly knew about their patent at the time if the new reversible USB development, and most likely updated the design implemented propriety features into the device so it works with their devices only. There is also the possibility that APPLE bought the patent in secret, since they have a thing for not allowing their secrets out, we may never know for certain.
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