Other Likelihood of USB-C

Elshad

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What do people think the chances are of getting USB-C on at least some of this year’s iPhones? It’s gone a bit quiet on the rumour front with regards to this so I’m starting to lose hope.
 
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JPack

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It was unlikely last year and it's even less likely this year.

Apple adopted USB-C on the iPad Pro for specific features. None of those features are used on the iPhone.
 

now i see it

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Apple doesn't want people plugging random flash storage or anything else into the iPhone. USB C ain't ever gunna happen
 

TheIntruder

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If Jobs were alive, he might call USB-C a "bag of hurt."

The best things about it are 1) it's universal, and 2) it's reversible, and 3) it's better than Micro-USB (a low bar to clear).

So, the connector may be decent, and though one might wish Apple had designed Lightning with a few more pins, physically, it's still a superior connector.

For the vast majority of iPhone users, for whom such a cable will only ever be used to recharge, Lightning is perfectly sufficient.

Everything else behind Type-C, the veritable "kitchen sink" of functions and protocols, and how poorly they've been implemented, is a fustercluck, to put it kindly.

All that the supposed holy grail of connectors has accomplished is to shift the risk of incompatibilities to the cables themselves, and hinder users shopping for the desired cable without the former distinctions of the connectors to help guide them. And potentially still be saddled with the comically-long USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3 cable ends.
 

sprague.rod

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If Jobs were alive, he might call USB-C a "bag of hurt."

The best things about it are 1) it's universal, and 2) it's reversible, and 3) it's better than Micro-USB (a low bar to clear).

So, the connector may be decent, and though one might wish Apple had designed Lightning with a few more pins, physically, it's still a superior connector.

For the vast majority of iPhone users, for whom such a cable will only ever be used to recharge, Lightning is perfectly sufficient.

Everything else behind Type-C, the veritable "kitchen sink" of functions and protocols, and how poorly they've been implemented, is a fustercluck, to put it kindly.

All that the supposed holy grail of connectors has accomplished is to shift the risk of incompatibilities to the cables themselves, and hinder users shopping for the desired cable without the former distinctions of the connectors to help guide them. And potentially still be saddled with the comically-long USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3 cable
 

Septembersrain

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Man, this was a major smack to me when I realized my iPad Pro I had being shipped was USB-C.

We've all got so many lightening cables. Luckily for me, my LG G8 ThinQ is USB-C. So dual use on buying the 2m cable for me.

On the phones? I just don't think it's a good idea right now. They could ease into it with the larger Pro Max style device, give people time. I just don't think pushing all of them into USB-C would be a smooth transition.
 

akash.nu

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Usb c is a female connector. More prone to failure than lightning for sure.
 

Daniel James

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I don’t understand the hype of USB-C on an iPhone.

The average consumer wouldn’t benefit from having USB-C, nor would they even know what it is called / the differences it carries with it.

It’s just another thing that Android has that people think iPhones need for no reason.

I want lightening to stay.
 
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goobot

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Apple doesn't want people plugging random flash storage or anything else into the iPhone. USB C ain't ever gunna happen
No, Apple doesn’t want to loose out on money. Funny how amazing the port is on Mac and iPad but somehow isn’t good enough for iPhone.
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I don’t understand the hype of USB-C on an iPhone.

The average consumer wouldn’t benefit from having USB-C, nor would they even know what it is called / the differences it carries with it.

It’s just another thing that Android has that people think iPhones need for no reason.

I want lightening to stay.
How is universal wires not a benefit to the average consumer...
 

teohyc

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Because that’s how female ports work. You’ve got the other piece of connector that goes into the female ports and misalignment breaks that connector.
How many broken USB type A ports have you seen? Or broken Thunderbolt 2, miniDisplay ports? Those are all female connectors.

At least post some sources.
 
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akash.nu

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How many broken USB type A ports have you seen? Or broken Thunderbolt 2, miniDisplay ports? Those are all female connectors.

At least post some sources.
I don’t have any online literature to post here but this is something I deal with on a regular basis at work and we have a big box full of USB A cables that has stopped working because of broken pins. There are some mini display once as well in that pile.
 

teohyc

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Pros of USB-C
- Much faster possible transfer speed
- Can share the same cable with other devices which you already have

If Airdrop can transfer files faster than USB-C speeds, I don't mind the lightning port.

The only downside of USB-C is actually not because of USB-C's technology, but because there are already many accessories made for the lightning port. If the new iPhone switches to USB-C, a lot of old accessories can't be used with the new phones.