USB is the universal serial bus that connects lots of things by using the same connection. Before it we had nothing and to this day it stood the test of time without taking any real new groundbreaking technology over from it.

So what will be next? Will we see something completely different or will we just keep using the same thing? The answer of this question has been made clear today when we found out that we will be sticking with USB for the future, but we will see some changes. If you’re anything like me then you will know how frustrating it is to have to try to put it in the slot only to realize that it isn’t going in because it’s upside down. This happens to me 4 out of 5 times it seems. And so when you reach far down, put it in the slot, it’s not ideal to try to be looking which side you’re using. Instead, we just take the 50/50 chance of it being right and then it doesn’t go in. Well, guess what? That problem will be gone because the new USB stick will come reversed so you can’t go wrong. It will slide in perfectly every time.

Apart from that we will be seeing the usual technology advancement of making them a bit smaller than what they were before. It will be interesting to see how the rollover effect goes from the machines with the old technology and the new machines that are running the newer type of port. For a few years there will have to be the annoyance of using both of them until everything you own is completely swapped over. For that reason, you won’t want to be throwing away your old flash drives just yet!

In October we saw the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was now supporting USB 3.0. More recently, Microsoft decided it was time to let Apple have it this time with some verbal abuse instead of the usual shenanigans thrown Google’s way like in the new Scroogle campaign they decided to run. This time the Redmond company is blasting Apple for the lack of a USB port present in their iPad range. I must admit, this is incredibly annoying. There is no talk of the newer iPad range carrying support for the new style we are talking about here either, but it could happen in the years ahead. The fruit company is notorious for being anything but open, though, so don’t hold your breath.