DigiTimes Vaguely Says 2019 iPhones Are 'Likely to Support USB-C'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes has published a report today claiming that 2019 iPhones will come with USB-C support, but the vague wording makes it hard to decipher what they are referring to exactly.


    Cage Chao and Jessie Shen, citing sources within Apple's supply chain:
    The flashiest take would be that Apple is planning to remove its Lightning connector from iPhones, in favor of a more universally adopted USB-C port, but that perennial rumor has been proven incorrect time and time again.

    A similarly vague report from The Wall Street Journal last year ignited speculation that the iPhone X would have a USB-C port, for example, but oft-reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo accurately said 2017 iPhones would retain Lightning connectors, with added support for fast charging via USB-C Power Delivery.

    Given the unlikely possibility of a wholesale switch from Lightning to USB-C, and that the latest iPhones already support USB-C fast charging, the report could be referring to the type of power adapter included in the box.

    The report adds:
    The speculation mentioned in the report likely refers to a pair of rumors that have suggested 2018 iPhones will include an 18W USB-C charger and a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box, enabling much faster charging speeds than the tiny square-shaped 5W power adapter included with current iPhones.

    In the end, this report could merely be suggesting that Apple will not bundle an 18W power adapter and Lightning to USB-C cable with iPhones until 2019, rather than this year. But, without further details, it is open to interpretation.

    A transition to USB-C could make sense if Apple wants to use one standard across its MacBooks, iPhones, and iPads, but with Apple pushing towards a wireless future, it's unclear if the controversy of switching to USB-C would be worthwhile considering the Lightning connector might be removed entirely down the road.

    It's worth noting that DigiTimes has a rather mixed track record at reporting on Apple's roadmap. The website claimed that Apple's AirPower charging mat would be available in March, and said a second-generation iPhone SE would launch in May or June, but neither release date proved to be accurate.

    At this point, this report should be treated with some skepticism until DigiTimes provides more specific details, or the information is backed up by a more reliable source such as Kuo, who recently returned to the scene.

    Article Link: DigiTimes Vaguely Says 2019 iPhones Are 'Likely to Support USB-C'
  2. ocanalix macrumors member


    Sep 8, 2016
    United Kingdom
  3. jimZon macrumors newbie


    Feb 16, 2015
    Stockholm, Sweden
  4. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    But if they get rid of the lightning port all those lightning earbuds and even the adapter that comes with current phones will become useless.

    If only there was some universal port for headphones that would have allowed for consistency over all these years...
  5. Mister Thomas macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
    Someone doesn't know what the word "vague" or "vaguely" means.
  6. tigres macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    Lighting is superior to USBC IMO. the port never fails, and always clicks, USBC becomes loose just like mini usb, and micro usb. I personally hate the connection itself.
  7. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    It's called bluetooth.
  8. emdub macrumors newbie


    Mar 23, 2005
    Sintra, Portugal
    Seems obvious the charger on the wall is changing from USB-A to USB-C... the lightning will still be there on the other end to connect to the iphone/ ipad/ magic mouse etc.
  9. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    If they're talking about the cable I hope they'll switch to USB-C this year, I'm tired of plugging an adapter to connect my iPhone to my MBP.
    I'm not sure whether they'll get rid of lighting in favour of USB-C on the iPhone. I think they'll go wireless as soon as they can, so why change a connector for only a few years? Lighting is ok and people already have plenty of cables and accessory compatible with it.
  10. Loge macrumors 68030


    Jun 24, 2004
    That is certainly the most likely explanation.
  11. oldmacs macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2010
    Apple should have dumped the lightning port for USB-C in 2016 with the iPhone 7. That would have been 'courage' - removing a proprietary port and embracing an open standard for both data, charging and a headphone standard.
  12. Blackstick macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2014
    Sunny South Florida
    I think they're just planning to ship a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box... angering the masses living in the USB-A Stone Age.
  13. radus macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2009
    That could be a reason to keep the iPhone X until the usb-c iPhone arrives.
  14. Saipher macrumors demi-god


    Oct 25, 2014
    This! It doesn’t make much sense for Apple to switch to USB-C for then in a couple of years go completely wireless. This move would just piss people off without accomplishing much.
  15. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Well then Apple should probably start bundling those with their phones.
  16. Smartass macrumors 65816

    Dec 18, 2012
    Highly doubt it. Apple makes too much money from selling licenses for lightning adapters.
  17. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    This seems like the most likely case. It would take quite a bit to redesign the chargers, the phones, and all the accessories. Plus, isn't USB-C thicker than lightning? If it is, can't have that! (Sarcasm). Plus, Apple seems to want to go more & more proprietary. In some ways, it makes sense as Apple will have more control over things, but also means less inter-operability with accessories made for non-Apple devices.
  18. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    Do not want. Lightning is superior to USB-C in every way (from a mobile device standpoint).
  19. Reason077 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2007
    What? No it doesn't. It just means Apple can sell more dongles!
  20. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    I don't see this happening. Apple isn't going to go through yet another transition with the entire ecosystem of Lightning docks, headphones, and all other accessories for what will ultimately be short lived. Apple is pushing wireless everything. When the Lightning port disappears, it'll be for no port at all.

    Syncing has gone from plugged-in to iCloud and it's now ubiquitous and nobody thinks about it twice. Earphones have gone wireless and this too is becoming standard. In Toronto where I live, I see AirPods everywhere but I also see other companies' neckbuds and other bluetooth earphones. The dangling wires plugged into phones are becoming rare. The final step is charging and AirPower will eventually make charging with a wire unnecessary.

    The port on the bottom of the iPhone — first the 30 pin dock connector and now Lightning — is seeing less and less use. It's now barely used for anything other than charging. Within 5 years, as wireless charging improves and matches wired charging speeds, AirPower will be everywhere and the Lightning Port will get even less use. At that point, Apple might remove it from its newer iPhones and eventually all of them. There's no point in transitioning to USB-C now.
  21. unchecked macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2008
    There will be a port. It doesn't matter if it's USB-C or Lightning. They have dongles to sell.
  22. Reason077 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2007
    Lightning is maybe slightly superior for mobile on the basis of it's slightly smaller size. But the advantages of every device using the same plug cannot be overstated. Everyone's chargers, cables, devices, etc would all be interoperable.
  23. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    Why? They give the same wired headphones as they always have and for the last 2 years they have included an adapter for the 3.5mm jack.
  24. AnthonyHarris macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2009
    Cambridge, England
    I find it really hard to imagine that Apple would even consider making the charging port on the iPhone bigger. What part of thicker fits in with the theme 'Thin thin thin'.

    I really wouldn't want USB C on a phone anyway. Not unless they make it a tight clicky fit like the Lightning connector.
  25. x-evil-x macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    there is. bluetooth

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