Tag Archives: USB

Apple patent sheds new light on reversible USB cable

A patent filling revealed today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office details just how Apple plans to make the USB side on their ‘Lightening’ chargers reversible. The patent, spotted by AppleInsider, details that the thick plastic layer that normally covers half of the USB inside the plug is being cut down to a thin layer of plastic. The patent…

Apple’s next-gen Lightening cable to feature reversible USB

Esteemed Apple-leaker Sonny Dickson has a near perfect track record, so when he says that the USB side of the next generation Apple Lightening cable will be reversible, you can bet that it will be. In a photo posted on Twitter, Dickson shows a comparison of the current-gen Lightening cable side-by-side with the alleged next-gen revision. Don’t…

Apple’s USB power adapter takeback program extends to UK, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany

Apple has extended its “USB Power Adapter Takeback Program” to a few more countries it would seem, according to the update to its site. If you’ll recall, the program began earlier this month and was available in the US and China, but now has extended to a few other countries. The countries added include: UK, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany. The…

Apple patent shows SD card/USB port combination

      An Apple patent published today shows how Apple could combine an SD card slot and a USB port. The “Combined Input Port” patent shows an invention that varies the depth and position of the two respective ports, allowing them to be combined into one device. According to the patent description: The input port includes an…

Orobis Transform is cool transforming Lightning/Micro-USB cable

If any of you have the problem of too many cables, Orobis may solve your problem. If you’ve been using an iPad mini and a phone with a Micro-USB charging port, you can now use the same cable for both. The new cable by Orobis is currently seeking funding on Indigogo, a site similar to Kickstarter, and is currently about $20,000 away from its final…

PowerPot lets you charge your phone by boiling water

Have you ever needed to charge your phone, but have no access to electricity? While there are many devices out there that use alternative methods for powering your device, PowerPot may be one of the most unique. PowerPot uses a technology called thermoelectric power. That basically means that by boiling water in the pot (putting the PowerPot full of…

Really cool (but unofficial) Lightning accessory combines USB, microSD, and SD slots into one kit

This is pretty cool actually. iPhone5mod, who has also made other things such as Lightning-compatible (or so it claims) docks, has just come out with something new. You know the camera connection kits Apple sells? Well, iPhone5mod took that to a new level, combing a microSD slot, SD card slot, and USB port all into one accessory. That’s pretty awesome in my…