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

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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.

Do you want the 2019 iPhones to have a USB-C or Lightning Port? - MacRumors.com (@MacRumors) February 11, 2019

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.

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jamesrick80

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Sep 12, 2014
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USB-C is a bad design that connects around a center flat pin, which can break or clog with dust easily. Good luck.
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 usb-c...you won't say a word.
 

AngerDanger

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Dec 9, 2008
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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.

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This is the future!
 
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killr_b

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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 usb-c...you won't say a word.
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.
 

AppleHaterLover

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Jun 15, 2018
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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
 

macduke

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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.
 

Nikiaf

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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).
 
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