Apple's 2019 iPhone lineup could replace the Lightning port with USB Type-C
by Joshua Swingle / Jun 12, 2018, 3:57 AM
In recent times, Apple has largely encouraged the adoption of USB Type-C within the PC industry via its MacBook launches. Despite these efforts, though, the company has shown no sign of interest in the smartphone segment, something that may be about to change.
After years of using its own proprietary Lightning connector in its iPhone devices, 2019 may finally be the year Apple switches over to the more common USB Type-C port. Specifically, the Silicon Valley-based giant is said to currently be in the redesign phase, with the rollout set to happen late next year. This contradicts earlier rumors that stated the adoption would happen with this year's iPhone lineup, but, according to the sources, Apple simply doesn't have the time to include the port in such a late phase of development, hence why it's being scheduled for next year instead. Nevertheless, the company still has some changes scheduled for its next fall lineup, namely the inclusion of a redesigned charger in the box that will allow for fast charging.
Currently, the USB Type-C connector has seen a pretty fast pace of adoption within the flagship smartphone industry. However, when it comes to lower-end models, the adoption rate is significantly lower. Once Apple adopts the technology, though, manufacturers of cheaper smartphone offerings will likely start adopting the technology at a much faster pace until it eventually becomes the standard within the industry.
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more apple gadgets are thrown away... or maybe they will provide a dongle?
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 4:01 AM 5
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Well there is a number of things wrong with Apples proprietary lightning ports and connectors. First, there is the speed issue. It is restricted to slower speeds and only has 8 wires. USBC ports, connectors and cables can go much faster than any lightning cable. Second, lightning is restricted to only so much current. Where as USBC can support much higher current. Third, USBC can support and drive a lot more devices on one port compared to any lightning ports. Just because of the last 3 things alone shows how lightning needs to die. But it goes even further than that. If you have any of the newer monitors or TVs that have USBC ports, then you can plug in any USBC MacBook, laptop, computer, Android device into those devices directly. You can't do that with any iPhone because of that proprietary lightning. None of the TV or monitor OEMs support lightning because of Apples proprietary lightning crap. Apple has back themselves in a corner with their proprietary lightning crap. But it certainly makes money for them. However it still can't get around the technical issues surrounding lightning. So it's better if Apple embraces USBC as it is superior over lightning.
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 7:43 AM 5
And lose out on all that 3rd party accessory money? Sounds like bollox to me..
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 4:02 AM 12
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They did it when they moved to the lightening connector. What's to say they won't do it again?
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 4:15 AM 4
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They actually gained more accessory money, since all those with already existing accessory had to buy new lightning ones. Here, they are just losing out on revenue, since type C is an open standard, and hence already existing accessories from 3rd party will work. No need to be apple certified as well. For example, the dongles I have from my macbook pro, and the macbook fast charger will work with the iPhone.
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 6:52 AM 0
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Extremely doubtful!!! Proprietary MFi is a lucrative part of apples business and a small industry of its own.
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 4:09 AM 10
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To be honest, the Apple port looks better designed than the USB Type-C. I am an Android user and I already had an original Samsung cable fail, it does not stay attached anymore. My Amazon Basic cables also seem to be loosening a lot. The USB-C port is very fragile and flimsy, while the Apple current Lightning port does not have a contact strip in the center and I think it simply holds better with use and abuse. If Apple replaces Lightning with USB-C, it will learn this the hard way, a lot of careless iPhone users will have their port break quite fast.
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 4:24 AM 3
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Type C is a much more powerful port. If lightning was better, it would be used on the macbook as well. Does it? Lightning was needed since the open option on that time was micro-B cables, which couldn't be plugged both ways and were a lot more flimsy. Type-C on the other hand is about just as durable (my oneplus 3 has one and is just as sturdy as it was 2 years ago, same with my macbook pro), supports a lot more standards (thunderbolt, displayport, usb, audio, PD etc) and is practically the industry standard right now. A lot of careless iPhone users breaking their ports is actually in favor of Apple. They get to charge their exorbitant repair/replacement prices.
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 6:57 AM 4
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Type-C is more ubiquitous in future, since it will replace the regular USB. And it have much faster transfer rate (and still getting faster by newer standard), and support up to 100W power delivery.
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 7:18 AM 1
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The amount of Apple glorification in this article is ridiculous. As if both the smartphone and PC industry depend on Apple to lead the way forward. Most brands have already adopted the USB type C port on their high end and mid range smartphones. Some have even brought it to low end devices. Apple will only make this move if they can make more money off doing it. You can bet that if they go through with it, anything that wants to work on iPhones/iPads with a Type C connector, will have to get Apple certification or else it won't work at all.
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 4:32 AM 5
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"Once Apple adopts the technology, though, manufacturers of cheaper smartphone offerings will likely start adopting the technology at a much faster pace until it eventually becomes the standard within the industry." Man alive, just how far up does your tongue reach?
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 5:53 AM 3
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Like it or not, he's not wrong.
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 6:32 AM 0
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@Worldpeace - Spoken like someone who does not know what they are talking about. You do know Apple had 18 engineers working on developing USB-C, second only to Intel 22. Google had 9 fyi. Some people just say things they have no idea off. "Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt."
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 7:31 AM 0
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@MaryPoopins - Actually they were one of the first to offer a USB-C device on the market. They just don't see the value in adopting USB-C on ios devices when usb-c became available. Fanboy like you only care about making smarty comments on forum sites like this one. You have no idea on what goes on with decision like this. Apple could not turn around 3 years after they change to lightning and replace it with usb-c. They got a ton of bad press when they went to lightning, and they were replacing a part that's been around for 10 years. Imagine the number of bad press for replacing it when its only been around for 3. Besides, they won't replace the lightning side of the cable, only the power side, so they can take advantage of moving data faster. The lightning part of the cable is not going away. That rumor have been around for about 18 months already. Its nothing new.
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 7:58 AM 0
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They don't. It is really easy to predict the Apple next step. Everything is focused on money. - Remove 3.5 mm audio output -> sell external adapter - Increase CPU power efficiency by 30% -> make the battery smaller (Iphone 7 and 8) - Decrease CPU speed on the "old" devices -> push users to buy new phone Apple is not the same company like it was when Steve Jobs was the CEO. People believe that they have something special and unique but this time is gone.
posted on Jun 12, 2018, 7:20 AM 3
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