MacRumors Readers Hoping for USB-C Instead of Lightning in 2019 iPhones

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    This morning, we asked our readers on Twitter if they'd prefer to see USB-C ports or Lightning ports in the 2019 iPhone lineup, and the results so far are clear -- MacRumors readers are ready to transition to USB-C.

    With more than 15,000 responses across both platforms at the time this article was written, 74% of Twitter users have chosen USB-C over Lightning, as have 71% of Facebook users.


    There have been some rumors suggesting Apple is at least considering transitioning to USB-C in the 2019 iPhone lineup, with USB-C prototypes supposedly floating around, but the most recent information from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggests Apple will continue to use Lightning for the 2019 iPhone lineup.

    Given the mixed rumors, it's looking like we may not be seeing a shift to USB-C in 2019, but it's still possible, and the rumors are encouraging because it means we may see a transition away from Lightning in the near future. iPhones in 2020 or 2021 could feature USB-C, even if the 2019 iPhones don't.

    Many current iPhone users may be reluctant to shift from Lightning ports because they've spent years collecting Lightning-based accessories, but there are some benefits to be aware of. With USB-C, iPhones would charge faster than with the current 5W iPhone adapter and Lightning cable setup, and cables would be interchangeable with cables for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iPad lineup.

    With USB-C support for the iPhone, a single cable could be used to charge all of the above listed devices, and existing power adapters for these devices would fast charge the iPhone, providing at least 50% power in 30 minutes and 80% power within an hour.

    MacRumors readers on social networks have weighed in, but we also want to hear from those who are visiting the site. Our Twitter and Facebook polls are open for the rest of the day, so go vote! USB-C or Lightning?

    Also, if you don't already, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where we share news stories, polls, videos, tips and tricks, and other interesting Apple-related information.

    Article Link: MacRumors Readers Hoping for USB-C Instead of Lightning in 2019 iPhones
  2. Baymowe335 macrumors 68040

    Oct 6, 2017
    Would love to see the 900M iPhone users poll on if they care or even know about usb-c.
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Why would anyone want a proprietary lightning port when there's an industry standard port that does the job just as well?
  4. SuperDuperMan macrumors newbie


    Feb 9, 2019
    I really don’t mean to sound crass but where’s the option:

    “I don’t give a rats behind.”
  5. mavericks7913 macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2014
    Def no lighting. It's old and outdated. USB-C is way better.
  6. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    Where is the option 'I don't care'?
    Because I don't.
    Have the iPhone X for over a year and maybe I have used the lighting cable a couple of times when I was on holiday.
  7. RevTEG macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    I’ve spent years REPLACING lighting cables, not collecting them. Lol. I’m ready to start REPLACING Apple USB-C cables now.
  8. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030


    Mar 3, 2010
  9. killr_b macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2005
    USB-C is a bad design that connects around a center flat pin, which can break or clog with dust easily. Good luck.
  10. calzon65 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    I prefer the lightening connector, I think Apple did a great job with the lightning connector.

    I also don't want to have to go through yet another multi-year period with hotel rooms that don't have compatible iPhone docking stations.
  11. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    And you really enjoy those cheap lightning connectors apples continues to use on the iphones...the lightning connector can break even easier than usb-c.....jeez

    I can literally snap one right now and the lightning connector is guaranteed to snap first while the usb-c will be much more durable....

    When the iphones get won't say a word.
  12. AngerDanger, Feb 11, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Why not go with an entirely new proprietary port that combines USB-C and Lightning into USBightning-C? You'll still have to replace your Lightning cables, and it won't be compatible with USB-C, but it'll look like both connectors.


    This is the future!
  13. bpeeps macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2011
    That's everyone who didn't see the post because they don't follow Apple rumor sites. It's the default option.
  14. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Your answer is in your question:

    “Does the job just as well.”

    As in, ‘the same.’ As in, I don’t care. That’s what ‘just as well’ means.
  15. calzon65 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    Apple needs to create another proprietary connector that is not compatible with anything else, I would like to add another dongle to my dongle bag. :p
  16. killr_b macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2005
    I have never broken a lightning connector or cable. When iPhones get USB-C I probably won't say a word, because Apple doesn't [edit back the tone of my language] care about customers.
  17. mikethemartian macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2017
    Melbourne, FL
    They are going to move to the Lightning 2 connector which will allow the user to plug it in 4 different orientations instead of the arduous only two way connector of the current Lightning port.
  18. SeattleMoose macrumors 68000

    Jul 17, 2009
    Der Wald
    Loving my "new" iPhone SE so I don't give a hoot....
  19. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    I think the lightning plug is technically better. It is smaller yet plenty sturdy. But USB C is the future. Let’s just get there already. The next step after USB C will be pure wireless.
  20. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    They already have 20 Lightning cables.
  21. AppleHaterLover macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2018
    I don't care.

    It's not like I had to get an expensive USB-C to Lightning cable to fast charge my iPad and iPhone last year anyway using my MBP brick.

    And not like I need a USB-A cable (which I'm sure Apple won't make) to plug the goddamn thing into my VW to use CarPlay.

    And not like I will need a spare cable of whatever it is to leave at work (and a new USB-C brick to go?)

    I hate my ****ing goddamn ****** life. I'm a slave
  22. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I wonder if Apple is waiting for Micro USB-C for the iPhone. Otherwise I think they will stick with Lightning. I used to think they would stick with Lightning because of devices getting ever thinner, but that trend seems to be stopped and slightly reversing in recent years. I think the reason now is because when you have a foldable display, the space for ports will be way smaller because you're basically cutting it in half when it unfolds. If they move to USB-C then I don't think they could make it any thinner than twice the thickness of a 2018 iPad Pro, which is probably near the limit structurally for how thin you can go and still use USB-C. Lightning is even thinner by a decent amount.
  23. entropi macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    USB C is a really crappy design, so fragile... Nah, I prefer lightning by far.
  24. Nikiaf macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2013
    It sort of doesn't matter since the future is wireless charging anyway (plus for anyone syncing local music, iTunes WiFi sync has existed for years and works fairly well). So with this in mind, may as well just embrace the industry standard of USB-C and be done with it; even if the connector is anecdotally worse (I do not share or agree with this sentiment however).
  25. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    What's fragile is those cheap lightning cables apple gives you with a thousand dollar iphone......

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