iOS 13 image hints that Apple will make a long rumored change to the 2019 iPhones

iOS 13 image hints that Apple will make a long rumored change to the 2019 iPhones
While the early buzz has Apple continuing to equip the upcoming iPhone 11 series with its proprietary Lightning port, an illustration found in iOS 13 seems to indicate otherwise. As noted on a tweet disseminated by a gentleman named Raphael Mouton (via MSPoweruser), the iOS 13 iPhone restore screen seems to show a USB Type-C cable. Apple already has placed a Type-C port on last year's Apple iPad Pro. If Apple does make the change in time for the 2019 iPhones, it will come a year earlier than expected.

You might remember the unwieldy 30-pin connector that charged the OG iPhone and iPad. Apple introduced the Lightning connector in September 2012 and it was first used on the iPhone 5, the 5th generation iPod touch, and the 7th generation iPod Nano. As we briefly noted in the above paragraph, the Type-C port was first used by Apple on the iPad Pro (2018).

USB Type-C connectors transfer data at a much faster rate than Apple's proprietary Lightning connector


The 2019 iPhones are rumored to ship with an 18W fast charging brick in the box, replacing the 5W brick that has been standard for years. The 18W charger is available from the Apple Store for $29, but apparently, those purchasing one of the new iPhone models later this year won't have to spend the extra bucks for fast charging. One of the reasons that no one is expecting Apple to make the switch to Type-C for this year's iPhone models is because a Type-C to Lightning dongle is also rumored to come in the box with the 2019 handsets; this accessory wouldn't be needed if the phones featured a Type-C port.


Back in January, sources "working on the device" indicated that Apple wasn't sure what it was going to do and was apparently testing versions of the upcoming iPhones with both Type-
C and Lightning ports. The advantage for iPhone users is that many accessories now sport a Type-C plug, and those requiring a replacement adapter can usually find a cheaper Type-C option. Additionally, transfer speeds on a USB Type-C port are much faster. The Lighting connector will transfer data at USB 2.0 speeds, or 480Mbps. That compares to the 5Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 1) and 10Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 2) speeds available using a Type-C plug.

Speaking of charging, the 2019 iPhones are expected to feature reverse wireless charging. First seen on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and then the Samsung Galaxy S10 line (where it is known as PowerShare), reverse wireless charging allows a phone to be used as a wireless charging pad. Apple iPhone users will be able to flip their phones face down on a table and put the new AirPods carrying case, an Apple Watch, or a compatible handset on top of the phone's rear panel to charge them. Because this will drain the battery on the host iPhone, Apple is believed to be raising the capacity of the batteries inside the 2019 models. The iPhone 11 Max will reportedly be equipped with a battery ranging between 3491mAh and 3650mAh. The battery powering the iPhone 11 should weigh in between 3189mAh and 3322mAh, and the one inside the iPhone 11R could have a capacity of 3089mAh; the latter model has the best battery life of any iPhone ever made.


Besides the possibility of having a Type-C port and larger capacity batteries for reverse wireless charging, the 2019 iPhones will have a new square-shaped housing for the rear cameras mounted in the upper left-hand corner of each model's rear panel. The iPhone 11R will have a pair of cameras on the back while the two other iPhones will carry three. The new iPhones should be unveiled this coming September.

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9 Comments

1. monkeyb

Posts: 404; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Here we go again!! Lightning is not going anywhere. The max that is going to happen is Apple giving a lightning to USB C cable included in box. This answers all the questions and keeps up with Apples penny pinching tactics. People who think Apple will change its ports are haters who want to spread rumors on Apple and bash Apple when they finally do not change.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7034; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple loves making money from their lightning connector as well. Plus Apple is in full control of their lightning ports and adapters. Lightning has been crap ever since it first came out. Apple loves making money from their accessories division. So the iPhone itself will stay lightning. The only thing is the cable on the other end will be USBC. You gotta love Apples hype and propaganda names. Lightning is anything but lightning fast or as powerful. It reminds me of Apples hype terms like Retina or super Retina. Apple continues to have the lowest resolution displays around compared to the Android flagships since 2011. Not only is lightning connectors and adapters slow for data, but it cannot support the much higher currents that USBC cables, ports, and adapters can handle. Plus lightning doesn't support all the simultaneous connections that USBC can handle.

2. mahima

Posts: 726; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

And the rumours will be just another disappointment for iphone fans...like all these years

3. Fred3

Posts: 439; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Tim Cook too greedy. He knows nobody uses that lightning port anymore and not many companies making them for Iphones so it's a huge profit for him

4. kennybenny

Posts: 211; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

I hope so..... We can say goodbye to the flimsy lighting cables that break based on others. Ironically, I never had a Lighting cable break on my iPads (mini 2 and Air 2019) and iPod touch 5th gen. So I may be one of the lucky ones.

5. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Nope, it going to be usb type c at the end of the cable only going into the new charger and not the phone

6. iloveapps

Posts: 725; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

This is nice addition to my upcoming iphone 11 as iOS supports to access external usb.

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1301; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

So where first expandable storage was an utterly ridiculous idea for phones according to you and the like, now you're praising its arrival on the iPhone...

7. mariosraptor

Posts: 169; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

It will be a lightning to type-c. That's it. It shows it in the direction of the macbooks. Which has e type c ports.

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