Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple to officially bless USB-C with 2019 iPhone

Apple to officially bless USB-C with 2019 iPhone

A supply-chain rumor claims that Apple will be switching to USB-C ports on its 2019 iPhone lineup. A Digitimes report today claims that "Apple is still in its redesign phase" with USB-C technology and will not include it in 2018 iPhones.

Oddly, the report doesn't go into specifics regarding whether USB-C will be used on both ends of the iPhone cable, or just the one that goes into the charging brick (or a computer).

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That would replace the Lightning port that has been in use since the iPhone 5 in 2012. This leaves enough time for the third parties involved in the accessory market to come up with good adapters for those who will carry around their existing accessories after Apple makes the switch from Lightning to USB Type-C. However, as iPhones and iPads continue to grow in processing power, and interest in wireless accessories has increased, Apple may see value in a dramatically faster wired port for charging and data.

Since Microsoft has been doing the unthinkable lately by adding Unix/Linux capabilities to Windows, the adoption of USB Type-C in Apple's MacBook series arrived like a rather small surprise. While nearly all Android OEMs have switched to the USB-C connector on their flagship devices, some continue to launch their budget devices with a microUSB port. Except for being a common standard, USB-C has no other advantage over Lightning connector in a smartphone.

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