If you re an owner of a new Apple MacBook, HP Spectre or Samsung Galaxy Note 7 you d be familiar with the slim, high-speed, high-power USB Type-C connector.

It s set to become the new standard, with its reversibility that s right, there s no wrong way up with the USB-C just one of the advantages.

It can power laptops, transfer data and solve world hunger okay, maybe not that last one .

Now Intel have hailed it as the ideal — and superior — alternative to the headphone jack.

There are some improvements for the USB-C standard coming later in the year which could make it ideal for widespread smartphone use — making digital audio a viable replacement for routing bulky analogue circuity, allowing them to be slimmer.

This is what Brad Saunders and Rahman Ismail told the crowds at the Intel Developer Forum.

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