WSJ: Next iPhones could replace Lightning connector with USB-C

Apple's next-gen iPhones could include USB Type-C connectors as opposed to the firm's own Lightning....
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3. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Good news.

4. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 554; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

They should have used a normal mini-usb cable when they had the iphone 5 and 6's. For the iphone 7 and 8 they should have used usb type c. Sadly apple want their own charging cables probably due to the fact if they break a original apple cable cost alot :D

5. GeorgeAF

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

This might be the best thing Apple can ever do for its customers. I for one don't like that I have to carry two cables (1 for my iPhone and the other for my Galaxy) when going to work.

18. DearSX

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

Apple won't do that for their customers I don't think.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What reality world do you live on. They did it with moving form the 30 pin connector to the present port. Right? They didn't even include an adapter for using it with your accessories. Then most of the 3rd party ones didn't work either. Apple and their money-grabbing BS choices,

6. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

before you know it these apple phones are going to be exact copies of samsung. it would be pretty ironic that in the court case that keeps going on forever, whether apple can get money for having a rectangle patent, that samsung asks to enter into court evidence the apple copy of samsung devices that is going on now. Wireless charging coming to iphone , usb c coming to iphone. oled screen coming to iphone and large rectangle screen. which samsung definetly did way before apple ever dreamt of going past a 3 1/2" screen.

7. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Duuuh USB is mandatory from 2017 for all phone manufacturers. This is a European law! So apple has to obey!

21. DearSX

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

Did not know that generally don't like government pushing things on people, but it was a huge positive when most phones started using micro-USB because of such standards.

22. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

that's right

31. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's fore damn sure.

8. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Apple is just doing what they always do, copying others.

9. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

If this is even true, what the flip took them so long? Oh right... Ecosystem, duh!

11. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

They have to use USB it is mandatory, otherwise they will be banned from Europe!

13. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

unfortunately they bypass that law by including an adapter in the box that is usb micro--> to lightening cable.

14. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Pretty sure that will happen, Apple the dongle company!

43. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I wouldn't be surprised if Apple is currently in the process of developing a new USB Connecter, slightly different from USB-C in order to skim by the laws and keep their products exclusive

10. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

If they somehow did move to type c I could see them having a special specification that if you use a inferior or aftermarket cable then you void your warranty...

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

We to be fair, every OEM is not using USB Type C exactly the same way. So the fact is, right now you shouldn't take a USB Type C cable from one phone and use it on another, because it could damage your phone. Many may be using the connector, but not the actual standard. Unlike microUSB which uses a standard protocol, the USB Type C certification was still in limbo and manufacturers who adopted it early, aren't using a completed standard. If the standard is complete, Apple can't use anything outside that standard because that would make it again proprietary and again you could be settign up for a risk.

12. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

For all usb-c i wish all manufacturers would follow the standard for the whole cable and device. not just the shape. it varies too widely. Along with keeping defective and inferior products out of the market.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Fcat is, USB Type C doesn't offer any extra benefit that can't already be done with microUSB.

15. hadilev

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 26, 2016

Apple will do it. I was surprised with the removal of MagSafe, to replace a Lighting is logical step forward.

17. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

One of the main reasons that I wont get an iPhone is the lack of quick charging. I love the optimization and the simplicity of the layout but I do not think I could lose my quick charging.

24. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"do not think I could lose my quick charging" I am the same way. I love that if I decide to go to town and know I will be gone for hours and my phone is down to 50% I just plug it in and by telephone time I get ready it is charged to 100% in no time.

37. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Edit By the time I get ready.

27. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Depends on what you consider lack of "quick charging" Even iPhone 5 charged pretty quickly so it's not lacking. For me 12W power adapter is a great thing, if you use it with the Apple Smart Battery Case it's even faster. And The iPhone 7 got way faster charging, deffinitelly enough for 99% of people.

35. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"And The iPhone 7 got way faster charging" But the iPhone 7's charging time is still nowhere near as cast as Android flagships... the same Android flagships who have way bigger batteries than the iPhone 7" "deffinitelly enough for 99% of people." 99% of which people? You can't talk for everyone.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You can as a fanboy speak for other fanboys, because both are stupid together. Since all apple fanboys look alike, think alike and are stupid-alike, they can speak for each other. They've all been brainwashed and drink the same koolaid. They are one in thought. They all will buy an iPhone every year even if Apple changes nothing, yet changes everything. They all like Apple adapters because they make the coolest adapters. They don't want seamless integration, because they avoid products that have them. They can find everything wrong with other products, but even when their products have the same faults, those faults are considered beneficial. Their entire argument is based on, if Apple doesn't give it to us, that means it isn't needed or the concept is in to early of a stage to be used by the masses. Yet things liek fast charging which is a proven concept with zero issues, is omitted from Apple products. The iPad takes 8hours to fully charge. Why? The battery is roughly twice as big as the battery in the Galaxy S7 Edge. 3600Mah vs 7340Mah. I literally can charge up an S7 edge, run the battery down to zero and almost charge it completely back up in the time it takes for the iPad to charge. This device if it has quick charge, could charge from 0~100% in less than 4 hours. Then the fools excuse? Well quick chargign batteries, makes them last not as long. That has been proven false by Qualcomm's own statement. The batteries that are quick charged, are designed to be quick charged in the first place. Says so right here -https://www.qualcomm.com/products/features/quick-charge/faq "Q4: Can Quick Charge hurt my smartphone's battery? A: Quick Charge operates within the design parameters of batteries found in most smartphones. It is just charging the battery the way it is designed to be charged. Device manufacturers build smartphones with a specific battery that can accept a specific level of charge. The battery size and maximum current of each battery are design decisions made by the manufacturer and can vary from smartphone to smartphone, tablet to tablet and so on. However, traditional battery charging technology does not come close to the full power requirements of today's large batteries. Quick Charge is designed to allow device manufacturers to achieve the full rated capability of the batteries they choose while still meeting the performance and safety standards set by the battery manufacturer." Fanboys make more excuses for Apple. Why? BEcause they know they are being scammed. The issue is, most of us who have chosen to use iOS, and have spent money, are now pretty much required to keep an Apple IOS device around, because if we don't we lose most of our stuff. This is what makes Android and Windows so awesome. You can choose whatever manufacturer you want, you can chose any price range you want. For the most part everything you own can be move to another OEM. Apple needs to step up and do better. They have the money!

70. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

But they never will. They definitely is milking users thier money.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

All subjective fanboy banter. Samsung = 3500Mah Battery. 0~100% in 88 mins. iPhone 7 even with a 12V charger still takes over 2 hours. Still ridicolous no matter how you try to frame it, it isn't even remotely better. As far as your claim about 99% of the people. The thing is, the sheep are simply use to plugging it in. They dont be concern about the time, except when they are down to 30% and they try to plug in and they have 30 mins and they come back to the [hone and its gained only 10% charge if that much. Considering especially that the Galaxy S7 is roughly similar in size to the iPhone 7 yet has a 40% larger battery. Even if the S7 is completely dead, you plug in for just 30 mins and you get 60% charge. What you are claimign about the iPhone is nothign more than bullcrap. Fast enough? No! Not when faster is available. It's just the sheep are simply to stupdi to care. After all every Apple product has had standard chargign since day one. The iPad 3's charger was so terrible, people complained about who the iPad was still discharging while being used, even though it was plugged in. That means the charger doesn't provide sufficient power. My laptop has dual quads, 32GB of RAM pushes 2 storage units and a 4K display, and even under the heaviest load I have thrown at it playing Simcity 5 at full 4K, the laptop manages to remain at 100% while plugged in. https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3879766?start=0&tstart=0 What sad is most of iPhone users really are so tech stupid, they have no idea "fast charging " exists. Even when they see a Samsung commercial, they simply look away because they have been so brainwashed to not even look at competition. When we didn't have faster options, that was one thing. Now that we have them Apple should have bene the first to have it. You bozos claim they are so innovative and are first with the best concepts. Well they aren't. Fast Charging is now 5 years old. Samsung supported it as far back as the S5 Note 3. You simply needed to buy the properly battery door. Many didnt know this because Qualcomm didnt advertise. Always have an excuse when Apple doesn't do something, because they wanna milk you fools for every penny they can.

19. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Only apple can dictate their sheep what to do and what not to do.
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