Lightning strikes: Apple TV, Apple Pencil double down on proprietary port

The announcement of the new reversible USB-C port, and its subsequent embrace by Apple in the 12-inch MacBook, led to speculation that the Lightning connector could be on the way out. But the company signaled otherwise this week, when it made Lightning a key component of the new Apple Pencil, as well as the Apple TV’s Siri Remote.

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Suppliers expect widespread adoption of USB Type-C in laptops, smartphones thanks to Apple

Taiwan-based integrated circuit manufacturers are said to be betting big on the new reversible USB Type-C connector, thanks in part to Apple’s early embrace of the port in its forward thinking 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

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USB Type-C connector will also support DisplayPort: Finally, one cable will fit every hole

DisplayPort over USB 3.1, DP Alternate Mode
The USB Promoters Group and VESA have announced that the new reversible USB Type-C connector, along with supporting power delivery of up to 100 watts, will also support the simultaneous transport of DisplayPort 1.3 — and thus HDMI 2.0 and DVI will also work, with an adapter. Yes, it’s looking like USB 3.1 with the Type-C connector will finally be a workable all-in-one cabling solution. Thunderbolt, we hardly knew you.

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Next-gen USB 3.1 Type-C connector will support DisplayPort, 5K video output

The new USB 3.0 reversible Type-C connector will also support DisplayPort Alternate Mode with screen resolutions of “4K and beyond,” the standards setting group behind the technology announced on Monday.



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Apple's interest in reversible USB plugs detailed in new patent application

While a reversible “Type-A” USB connector may not meet the specifications of a certified USB cable, Apple has nevertheless shown interest in building one, a newly published patent application reveals.



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Questionable leaks raise hopes that Apple will release new Lightning cable with reversible USB connector

Reversible male “Type-A” USB plugs are not new, but they also aren’t compliant with the cable’s official specifications, which means that newly leaked Lightning cables showing reversible USB connectors probably were not made by Apple.



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Reversible USB Type-C connector finalized: Devices, cables, and adapters coming soon

USB Type-C connector, cable, rendering
The USB Promoter Group has announced that the greatest invention in the known universe — the reversible Type-C USB connector — is finally ready for mass production. The USB Implementers Forum will now take the Type-C spec and start building devices, cables, and adapters that support the new reversible connector. We could begin seeing Type-C USB devices over the next few months, but it may take a little while for Type-C to reach critical mass.

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