Is Apple preparing to abandon Lightning for a new power and data port?

“While there’s no doubt that patent filings are interesting because they give you a glimpse into some of the things that secretive companies such as Apple are working on, you have to temper any enthusiasm with a healthy dose of suspicion because big companies file a lot of patents, and most of the time they have little or no intention of bringing that feature to market,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes for ZDNet.

“Take the latest patent application spotted by Patently Apple for a new style of connector for the iPhone and iPad that’s waterproof and could replace the Lightning port,” Kingsley-Hughes writes. “Except it almost certainly won’t.”

“First off, as has been demonstrated with the current iPhone, the Lightning port is already waterproof,” Kingsley-Hughes writes. “Another reason is that Apple is already eyeing another port – the USB-C port. Not only can this be found on the new MacBooks, but it is also present on the new iPad Pro tablets.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yes, if Apple’s going to go through to upheaval of shifting iPhone to a new port, it’s likely to be USB-C.

For convenience sake alone, we’d like to have iPhone’s port match those on our our MacBooks and iPad Pros!

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Why Apple should replace the Lightning port on its iPhones with USB-C – January 17, 2019
Apple’s next-gen 2019 iPhone will feature 10MP selfie camera, keep Lightning port – January 16, 2019
Apple said to be developing new 7th gen. iPod touch, next-gen iPhones could switch to USB-C – January 15, 2019


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