European Standards Groups Agree on Micro-USB
Editor's Note: This news is definitely going to make adoption of USB 3.0 difficult as the micro-USB jack is not compliant with that standard IIRC.
USB Mini and Micro Male Connectors
Though Apple currently uses its proprietary 30-pin dock connector for transferring data and charging its iPhone, iPad, and iPods, CEN-CENELEC and ETSI announced yesterday they have agreed that an adapter is suitable for compliance.
The commission "made available the harmonized standards needed for the manufacture of data-enabled mobile phones compatible with a new common charger. This is the most recent development in the process toward a global common mobile phone charger initiated by the European Commission."
Apple, along with mobile phone competitors RIM, Nokia, LGE, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and others are hoping to streamline mobile phone connectivity, at least as it relates to charging devices.