Granted, I don't think the average computer user noticed (or cared) when USB 3.0 devices hit the marketplace with its blue interior in early 2010. Though that new standard was also ten times faster than its predecessor, how many people actually knew they had a USB 3.0 device/cable and then managed to plug it into the proper 3.0 SuperSpeed port (If there even was one)? Most folks just go for whatever USB port is handy and then wait however long it takes to open/transfer their files, right?
Well, the reason I am writing about this latest iteration is because the different connector shape will change everything. Right now, the Type-A connector end is the flat rectangle shape with which we are all familiar, while the other end (Type-B) can be one of about five different kinds. The new Type-C connector (pictured below), on the other hand, will be the same small oval on both ends of the cable. This means the cable can be used for even the smallest peripherals (like a phone), you do not have to worry about which end you use because they are both the same, and it can plug in either way - no more flipping it around to find the correct orientation to slide it into the port!
Here are some links for more info and pictures: