Apple could replace the Lightning port in 2019 iPhone and iPad releases

“Apple is redesigning chargers and related interface for its next-generation iPhone and iPad devices, and will likely have its 2019 series of iPhones come with USB Type-C support, according to sources at analog IC vendors,” Cage Chao and Jessie Shen report for DigiTimes.

“Apple’s adoption of Type-C in its iPhones will accelerate other smartphone companies’ adoption of the interface in their products, the sources indicated,” Chao and Shen report. “The popularity of Type-C interface among handsets will still depend on the adoption in Apple’s iPhones, nevertheless, the sources said.”

Chao and Shen report, “Apple is still in its redesign phase and will not be able to equip the technology in its upcoming [2018] iPhones, the sources claimed.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s 30-pin Dock Connector debuted with the 3rd generation iPod in 2003 until the Lightning connector was introduced on September 12, 2012 as a replacement in the iPhone 5, the iPod Touch (5th gen.), and the iPod Nano (7th gen.).

So, if this report is true, the 30-pin Dock Connector had a lifespan of some nine (9) years before being phased out and Lightning would have lasted for seven (7) years.


    1. Not sure they have much choice though. Would have been the best bet in the first place but just wasn’t available early enough to threaten Lightening and the 30pin was truly archaic by then. Timing might be a criticism but not the act itself. I do think the somewhat schizophrenic adoption throughout the product range is an issue which deserves criticism though I don’t know the full reasoning (if any) behind that apparent lack of logic.

      1. probably USB-C was ready a few years back…but knowing Apple they had a gazillion Lightning adapters stacked somewhere, already paid for. Bottom line logic all the way.

    1. sometimes signal innovation, but this kind of Sh signals confusion and, or lack of customer research.

      As a creative soul, I love a beautiful object, but Apple, please reset the need to embrace the pedestal product. Greater clarity & balance of form and function going forward.

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