The Apple Lightning was a step up from the previous wide connector, since it’s both compact and it can be used with either side up. The European Parliament is pressuring Apple to comply with the microUSB standard and they have till 2017 to do that, so the Cupertino giant is already patenting what they need for that.

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They’ve invented a reversible USB connector, that’s detailed in the image above. It’s very likely that the very strict EU won’t agree with this approach and they’ll want the standard USB version. European iDevices will have to use USB ports one way or the other in about 3 yeas from now. Apple would gladly supply accessories for their devices, but apparently that’s not enough for the EU anymore.

It’s interesting to note that the patent doesn’t even mention microUSB, so in the end if it doesn’t get approved, Apple can still use the full USB reversible port on its MacBooks and iMacs. USB-C will most likely be the standard to comply to in 2017 or even earlier, if technology advances the right way. Let’s see if Apple can get away with this…

  • Guest

    Why can´t Apple just use micro USB like everybody else??? What is it that Apple tries to squeeze every penny out of it´s customers by selling it´s unique overpriced accessories. For me, I am done with Apple. The iphone 5 connector was the last nail in the coffin. Does anybody remember Fire Wire? The same thing years ago.

  • roro206

    Because they don’t want to. Don’t like? Don’t buy.

  • junkmail.address4us

    Why can’t Apple play with everyone else? Because they never have! Just like Sony not sharing the better quality Beta, they kept it all to themselves and likely lost billions. Remember, Apple has already been bankrupt once!

  • junkmail.address4us

    Typical iCrap Zealot comment. Remember, they went bankrupt once already, and if not for Bill Gates, iCrap would already be out of business, and the world would be a much better place.

  • roro206

    How times have changed huh? Roles may reverse soon, and that must make your anus muscles al tight.

    Way to dig up a 7 month old comment. Let me got rub one off to my iCrap now.

  • junkmail.address4us

    The funny thing about iCrap, they have been doing the same old thing since the ’70s. So 45 years, or just a few months, nothing new from iCrap! Furthermore, posting on a blog, is not like having a live conversation. But being an iCrap Zealot, or a “MAC GENIUS,” you would not know that. Just for the record, a “MAC GENIUS” is not smart enough to clean the toilets at a real computer company.

    As for the reversal of roles, what exactly has iCrap ever introduced that has not been done before. Oh be careful sonny, I have been in computers since 1975. You mother was likely still iCrapping her pants!

  • roro206

    Yawn.