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. Thus, embodiments of the present invention may reduce the potential for USB connector damage and user frustration during the incorrect insertion of a USB plug connector into a corresponding USB receptacle connector of an electronic device. Reversible USB plug connectors according to the present invention may include a compliant member or structural support for distributing stress and increasing contact normal force at the tongue of the reversible USB plug connector.
This patent is in addition to another one that Apple filed, simply entitled, "Reversible USB Connector".
At this point, it looks quite likely that Apple will unveil the new Lightning cable with the iPhone 6. We've seen numerous photos of the cable, its packaging, and even a short video of it in action.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 on September 9th. Stay tuned to iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.
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