Next year's iPhones might ditch the Lightning connector

Joanna Estrada
June 13, 2018

Before we go on, this is a rumour from the supply chain which suggests this drastic change in port type should happen on the new iPhone, in 2019. While earlier rumors pegged the feature to debut sooner, "Apple is still in its redesign phase" with USB-C technology and will not include it in 2018 iPhones. If you would have the power to choose, would you keep the Lightning connector around on the iPhone and iPad or not? Why?

According to Digitimes, "analog IC vendors" claim that Apple is planning to outfit its 2019 iPhone lineup with USB-C ports instead of its proprietary Lightning connector. 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. While the 2017 iPhones also supported fast charging, Apple continued bundling its 5W USB-A charger with the handsets.

If you've been anxiously waiting for Apple to bring USB-C to its smartphones in some form, it looks like you'll have to replenish your patience once more. Many flagship Android phones already use USB-C for charging, and have done so for a number of years.

Like the Lightning connector, USB-C ports are reversible.

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