2019 iPhone series could skip USB-C again, stick with 5W charger in the box
by Joshua Swingle / Feb 11, 2019, 5:13 AM
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.
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They've already changed the ports on the new iPads and Macbooks, I doubt it has something to do with production at this point.
posted on Feb 11, 2019, 5:21 AM 2
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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.
posted on Feb 11, 2019, 11:06 PM 0
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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.
posted on Feb 11, 2019, 5:26 AM 9
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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.
posted on Feb 11, 2019, 12:35 PM 0
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Personally, I like Lighting more than USB-C, but we'll see.
posted on Feb 11, 2019, 5:28 AM 2
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I agree but throw in the fast charger
posted on Feb 11, 2019, 5:49 AM 5
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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.
posted on Feb 11, 2019, 6:00 AM 0
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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.
posted on Feb 11, 2019, 7:15 AM 1
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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.
posted on Feb 11, 2019, 9:56 AM 2
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