Originally Posted by SolipsismX
1) it's not a competitor to Lightning. In fact, once it's adopted it will likely be the USB 3.1 Type-C connector on one end of the cable and Lightning on the other.
2) In the next rev? I doubt it will occur for a couple years. Remember it was just
finalized. There are still chipsets and other HW that needs to be made to support this specification. Will Apple wait for Intel to include it? I sure hope not if USB 3.0 was any indication, but regardless it's not going to happen for awhile. My guess is 2016 would be the earliest to expect it.
3) I have to wonder if Apple hadn't introduced the Lightning connector would the USB-IF had sought to create a small, reversible connector.
1. It's a competitor only in the sense that they are both playing in the same connector space. I wouldn't be surprised to see calls for Apple to adopt the new USB connector in place of Lightening in iDevices for environmental reasons.
2. Yeah, but I was hoping that Apple and the industry have been working alongside the USB guys. Using the example of how new 802.11 hardware is almost ready upon finalization of new wi-fi protocols. But yeah, USB work is slow for some reason. 3.1 was finalized about a year ago, and hasn't shown up anywhere yet.
3. No, Apple does drive things forward. Which is why the USB forum needs to get them shipping the new connector and 3.1 asap.
The followers will then follow, as they always do.