WSJ: Next iPhones could replace Lightning connector with USB-C
by Ben Reid / Feb 28, 2017, 7:13 AM
Cupertino has doubled down on its Lightning technology in recent years. Indeed, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus ditched the 3.5 mm earphone jack, prompting a surge in demand for Lightning accessories and peripherals. On the other hand, Apple has adorned recent MacBooks with USB Type-C ports aplenty, and this creates quite the conflict. For example, how does one use their shiny new Lightning headphones with their shiny new MacBook Pro? Without an adapter, they simply don't.
"USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company's original Lightning connector."With further complications (and even more adapters) likely to appear if Apple tries to juggle the Lightning and USB-C standards long-term, has been speculated that the Mac maker eventually phase Lightning out of its iDevice range in favor of USB Type-C. This could happen as soon as later this year per the WSJ, which claims that the next-generation iPhone will include a
Should Apple replace Lightning with USB-C, it'd be good news not only for consumers, but accessory makers as well. Both USB-C and Lightning boast strong specs, but the former is more flexible, and given the MacBook moves, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that the iPhone 7s / iPhone 8 will arrive sans a connector that has been around since the iPhone 5.
Meanwhile, the report also reiterates several previous rumors, including that Apple may deploy OLED display tech with the iPhone for the first time. It has been offered before now that a special 10th Anniversary edition could be rolled out as the iPhone 8 alongside the presumed iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, with the commemorative variant set to be the sole beneficiary of the OLED endeavors. Nothing is for certain this early on, but you can take a look at our rumor round-up for a more in-depth look at all things next-gen iPhone.
We'd certainly love to see Apple jump on the USB-C bandwagon, would you? Let us know in the comments below.
I'll miss the lightning then, but I'm not worried - this is not Apple-like behavior.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 7:15 AM 6
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It is and they have talked about this before, hopefully it happens it would be real nice to use the same cable for my laptop, work phone, and personal phone
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 8:13 AM 1
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What exactly are you going to miss? It's just a charging port for the most part? Looking forward to buying another adapter? Because Apple makes the coolest adapters...right? The Lightning port offered no true benefit to the phone. To me its no different than USB Type C. What's so dumb is Apple is part of the commission for USB Type C, yet didnt even put it on their own phone. Apple chose Lightning only because its proprietary and requires licensing for accessory makes. Apple goign to the standard USb Type C is likely because they were blasted by MacBook users who were complaining they can't charge their iPhone's on the Mac with buying $30 adapters which Apple should have included but are typical as being cheap dogs. Yet you all brag about how much money they make. Can't even onclude a cheap $1 adapter in the box. So much for that seamless integration BS they are always preaching. After an initial purchase of $800 for a phone and $40 for a case, and $40 for a very good screen protector for their so easy to damage products, the last thing I want to do is by some stupid adapter to even be able to use it and spend another $30. Just because I have the jack, doesn't mean I want to waste it on stupid things.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 8:31 AM 10
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I think the sources for this news might be mistaken. I think the iPhones will include in the box a lightning to usb-c cable instead of the current lightning to usb-a. That might just be what this is all about. It is far too unApple-ish behavior to actively not shaft your customers and therefore, it is unlikely that they will switch the main port on their iPhones to usb-c.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 12:50 PM 0
There are comparability issues with the way each usbc cable is made - Has this problem been resolved yet? Having proprietary port - I know that ANY accessory I buy or ANY cable I buy is made to work with my device specifically - it was made for iphone!!!! https://www.google.com/amp/amp
http://www.androidpolice.com/2 omputers-accessories/beware-bad-usb-c-cables-google-engineer-warnswhile-naming-names.amp.html 016/08/28/anker-issues-recall-and-replacements-after-researcher-demonstrates-unsafe-usb-c-cables/
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 2:14 PM 0
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posted on Feb 28, 2017, 3:52 PM 0
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Funny i sell load of android with usb c and none had issue with good brand cable. This is like cheap third party cable for iphone. If you buy cheap one you in trouble if you buy good one you wont have issue easy.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 4:01 PM 0
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Apple chose Lightning only because its proprietary and requires licensing for accessory makes. -Whats your point? Sounds like a good business plan to me. You don't use an Apple so why do you care so much? Nothing they do affects you directly.
posted on Mar 01, 2017, 7:04 AM 0
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I'm curious, why would you miss the lightening?
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 3:12 PM 0
See post #62. I explained. "There are comparability issues with the way each usbc cable is made - Has this problem been resolved yet? Having proprietary port - I know that ANY accessory I buy or ANY cable I buy is made to work with my device specifically - it was made for iphone!!!!" This may not matter to you or some others, but considering that a wrong USB-C cable can (and has) damage your device - I'll take the piece of mind route.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 10:40 PM 0
I'm such confident that it won't happen that if it happens, I'm gonna bite the bullet and buy an iPhone 8. There's absolutely no reason for Apple to switch. Lightning is giving them solid revenue through overpriced accesories. It also gives them control on how much to milk the sheep. If they go to USB, that's all gone unless Apple manages to fool the people that Apple made type C are more 'premium'. That would be funny AF though.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 7:16 AM 18
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To milk those sheep and get royalties.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 7:54 AM 2
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I will too switch to iPhone if they adopt USB-C. I mean if the also add microSD card...also BT sharing...also headphone jack back... Should be ready for around NEVER.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 8:18 AM 7
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Why would you say sheep? iPhone is really good and like LG said that they going for experience not spec. Beside iPhone performances better than any Android phone IMO. Apps crashes in iOS but it's so rear instance that you won't even notice and if even app crashes whole system don't hangs as on Android often happens. I have Pixel XL I love its display and performance and yes that access to file system but App experience in iPhone is superior IMHO again. I am long been Android user and I used to be HTC fan. If iPhone had AMOLED display I see too little reason I be using Pixel a lot. In start I used to get happy with new features but now for most part they feel gimmicks and not as exciting as they once used to be. Over the year my preference in mobile changes like from display to software features to sound to software experience. S8 might change it but display and software features where Samsung excel but sound and software experience experience is not I like on Samsung.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 9:41 AM 1
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I do think that they'll keep the lightning as it is but change the other end of the cable from USB A to C imo
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 11:22 AM 0
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I bet it will some of their engenders helped develop the type c. Apple is doing lots of things that they said they would never do like a stylus and physical keyboard on the Ipad pro. Steve Jobs is rolling over in his grave with those announcements.
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 3:47 PM 0
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