Originally Posted by SolipsismX
I've never discussed it as an 8 pin design. I've always qualified my comment to note it's a rumour and usually refer to it as 8 to 17 pins. I've even said that when excluding the FW pins, the unused pins for future growth, and the iPod Photo pins that 17 would still be very difficult and allow for no future growth. Now you want this to be reversible but make no consideration how the pins will be able to switch from the top bottom without affecting the device or how that could half the effective number of pins thus causing the device and/or cable to be more complex and sophisticated over a cable with 30 individual pins that are not reversible and are not used across different mechanisms. The very fact that you haven't considered any and therefore don't consider such an advanced setup as either sophisticated or complex compared to the current design is proof you are not comprehending what is involved with this process.
I say again my last. The "future" is wireless. The future is data only. That's where "future growth" comes from. And for high speed sync or otherwise, anything -- video, audio, you name it -- can be streamed via USB 3.0 as data. No analog anything.
And as to "no consideration", I say again what I've said above at least twice. It would be extremely simple to wrap the connector shell around what would be the equivalent of a double-sided circuit board, in which the "pin" traces run one way on one side and are flipped on the other. Contact is only made with one side, regardless of orientation. It's very elegant and the exact opposite of your original statement, "With data you're talking about a rumoured 8 to 17 pins that will require sophisticated and complex circuitry to make it reversible."
But hey, if you consider a double-sided PCB to be "sophisticated and complex circuitry", then I'm sorry you flunked EE.
1) It will have 8 "pins" plus ground.
2) It will be USB 2.0/3.0 compatible.
3) It will be reversible.
4) And it will become ubiquitous.
I'm bookmarking the page, so you can skulk back here on the 12th and offer your apologies...