2019 iPhone series could skip USB-C again, stick with 5W charger in the box

2019 iPhone series could skip USB-C again, stick with 5W charger in the box
Apple’s iPhone series has stayed loyal to the Lightning connector ever since it was first introduced in 2012. But recently, rumors of 2019 iPhones complete with USB-C ports have begun swirling around. According to Japanese site Mac Otakara, though, this will not be the case.

Despite actively testing iPhone prototypes with USB-C ports, it’s suggested that Apple has chosen to stick with its proprietary port for yet another year, a decision which is seemingly tied directly with production costs and profit.

As things stand, Apple benefits from large economies of scale due to the fact that Lightning-related accessories for newer devices are valid for previous-generation models. For example, the Lightning EarPods and Lightning cables remain unchanged. Similarly, the company’s controversial 5W charger has been included in the box for years and, according to the same report, 2019 will be no different.

With the likes of Huawei and Samsung moving towards fast chargers of up to 40W and Apple itself recently including an 18W USB-C charger inside the iPad Pro’s box, such a move would certainly be a disappointment. However, it’s not exactly surprising.

After experiencing a decline in sales over the past quarter, projections suggest iPhone sales will remain flat throughout 2019. As a result of this, the company faces increased pressure from investors to keep profits up and a switch over to USB-C could potentially eat away at these. After all, choosing to stick with the Lightning port for yet another year will result in lower costs which are unlikely to be passed on to consumers.



1. MirOsamahAli

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

They've already changed the ports on the new iPads and Macbooks, I doubt it has something to do with production at this point.

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Changing to USB C would require quite a bit of redesign for the internals. They likely were not expecting iPhone sales to drop off so substantially so they didn't intend to do anything meaningful this year, but it seems it may be too late to turn the ship around until the next one.

2. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

Why would they move away from slow chargers and proprietary cables, when people still buy the devices and accessories? It wouldn't make much sense, since apple makes a lot of money from those accessories.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

if that was the case then why did Apple change their iPad and go with USB-C instead? Look if Apple really cared about it's customers, then they would drop their proprietary lightning crap. Apple cares about money, more than its customers, the entire world sees and knows this as well.

3. Budhainthemood

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Personally, I like Lighting more than USB-C, but we'll see.


Posts: 939; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I agree but throw in the fast charger

8. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

fast charger should be included with that price

4. phoneguynh

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 31, 2018

I actually like the lightening port for my xs and 10.5 pro.

6. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Not a big deal to me. My Xs Max lasts a day. No need for me to bring charger or a fast charger. I have the latest Macbook Air and iPad pro 11” for other internet related work. Seamless integration with these devices are the best. Especially when making report using keynote.

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6823; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You have a iPad pro 11? Wow you really are spoiled!! Mummy loves you ;)

14. BuffaloSouce unregistered

What does you doing "work" on your iPad and MacBook have to do with anything? Nobody cares you have the newest model

7. tangbunna

Posts: 481; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

All phone manufacturers are cheating users to think their Type-C phone is 3.1 speed. actually all are slow old USB 2.0 with new physical shapes. there is no point for apple to change to type-c while their Lightning port is healthy and making billions of dollars.

23. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

most are 2.0 but not all, but yeah it is a common misconception that USB-C = USB 3.0 speeds

10. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Lol seems like I'm keeping my 7 plus another year. BTW it's inevitable and I hate upgrading right before a huge change.

12. OneLove123

Posts: 1177; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Why change? When they are selling like hot cakes in America. The you know animal loves the iphone!

13. Knownhost

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

A change to USB C would benefit every person immersed in the Apple ecosystem. All recent, non-iPhone Apple products already use USB-C, so it makes sense to use the same power port for all of them. One charger to rule them all, as it were.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not a shocker, is it?

19. pogba

Posts: 112; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

How is this news?

24. sunnyfpy

Posts: 288; Member since: May 12, 2013

Obsolete charging technologies,,,,2019????

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