updated 11:20 am EDT, Wed April 2, 2014
New connector symmetrical, similar to Apple's Lightning
The previously hinted-at USB Type-C connector has been detailed in a presentation at IDF conference in China. The new connector is smaller than existing USB connectors, supports more power, faster data transfers, and is symmetrical, more than passingly similar to Apple's Lightning connector. The new standard will replace full-size USB and Micro-USB connectors, and offers bandwidth at 10Gbps -- about half the speed of the first generation of Thunderbolt.
The receptacle opening is 8.3mm wide by 2.2mm high, and is expected to have a durability of 10,000 cycles. The new cable will support up to 3A of power, up from the 2A of today's cables. Adapters and other cable-ends will retain backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices.
The standard is expected to be ratified this summer by the governing board.