No, Apple is never switching from Lightning to USB-C in the iPhone

“Since it’s been several days without an iPhone rumor, DigiTimes has piped up with what purports to be a salacious scoop about next year’s iPhone,” Michael Simon writes for Macworld. “According to the site, Apple ‘will likely have its 2019 series of iPhones come with USB Type-C support,’ replacing the nearly six-year-old Lightning port.”

“In that time between Lightning’s arrival in 2012 and the upcoming 2018 iPhones, USB-C has risen to a position of prominence on many of Apple’s products,” Simon writes. “It’s a mainstay on Apple’s MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac computers, and nearly every Android phone maker has adopted the symmetrical port as the charging solution on its handsets.”

“But this isn’t the first time this rumor has circulated and it’s no more credible now than it was then,” Simon writes. “Last year, The Wall Street Journal reported that the as-yet-unnamed iPhone X would use a “USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector.” That turned out to be false…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Perhaps Apple’s next big move is to go all-wireless (since you know that’s what they really want anyway).

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Apple could replace the Lightning port in 2019 iPhone and iPad releases – June 12, 2018

12 Comments

  1. I don’t want to see wireless-only connections until I can do an iTunes backup at current speeds or very close. While iCloud backup is really incredible and is a great solution for 99 percent of people out there, I like to keep my data more private than that and do encrypted iTunes backups on an encrypted drive. If you want my data, you’re going to have come and get it. I just don’t want the tradeoff to be slow as hell restores because that’s another area where local backups destroys iCloud. Even those of us who do iCloud backups ought to do iTunes from time to time, especially when moving on to an upgrade.

    1. Who said you need multiple wall warts? I mean, you can get wall warts with 4 or even 6 USB ports.

      No, what you really want is to not have to carry around multiple USB cables of different types.

      Me, I carry MicroUSB, lightning and USB for all the devices I have. It’s a pain, I’d rather just the ONE type of cable. I’d still need several of them but at least they’d all be the SAME.

      Where’s Ishkabibble Von Sink to tell us what to think when you need her, eh?

  2. Wireless-only MAY be possible, but, as that would kill the iOS music market, I’m thinking it’ll still be around as an interface. And, while it’s there, might as well use it for charging.

  3. Either Apple cares about customer value & versatility or it doesn’t. Cook’s Apple has all the signs of a company run by beancounters instead of product experts that care about user experience.

    Proprietary connectors and overpriced adapters aren’t user friendly.
    Flaky wireless is both slow and often user unfriendly.
    Fragile materials like the glass back implemented for wireless charging makes it less durable for many consumers, or more expensive now that many people need a bulkier more protective case.

    Just another example where Apple is making no forward progress. Apple just keeps pushing out changes for the sake of changes in many areas these days.

    1. You’re right. Apple could have integrated a USB-C adapter cleanly into its iOS cables and migrated all its wall chargers to USB-C two years ago. Then MacBook owners could actually plug their phones into their laptops without buying another cable.

      Unfortunately, all Apple seems to want to do for accessories is force the user to collect all the white plastic dongles in the collection.

      Lightning is technically inferior to USB-C, is it not?

      It is a huge mistake for Apple to attempt to go 100% wireless. For charging and significant data syncing, wireless is less reliable and more expensive for lower capabilities than any wire.

  4. Lightning is the most unreliable connector I have ever had on any of my Apple products. Not having the guts to admit it and go USB-C is pure bullshit.

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