On a consumer level, reversible cables like Apple’s new Lightning cable provide a solution to a particular problem we’ve all experienced. Figuring out which way a plug goes into a port can be annoying. The new Lightning cable from Apple works no matter which way you plug the cable into the new iPhone 5. The concept is simple, but how exactly does the Lightning cable work?
That’s pretty amazing. Apple’s great at these kinds of things. Remember when they introduced the Mighty Mouse and the batteries would both go in the same way, instead of having the batteries go into the mouse in opposite directions? It’s the little things that make a product. For the Mighty Mouse it was the batteries that showed attention to detail from engineers, and with the iPhone 5, it’s the Lightning cable.