Other next iPhone usb-c or Lightning

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by anthdci, May 31, 2019.


Would you prefer the next gen iPhone has USB- or Lightning connector?

  1. Lightning

    31 vote(s)
  2. USB-C

    29 vote(s)
  1. anthdci macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    Not sure if this has been done but if not, what is your preference?

    Lightning- loads of stuff people own is lightening, loads of cables, a couple of sets of headphones, docks etc,

    usb-c - cross compatibility, same as ipad pro etc
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Lightning works for me. I mean, I have so _many_ cables, and all my devices are iOS related (I.e AirPods, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Ect). I just like the simplicity of the lightning cable/port, I’m not against USB-C, I just don’t have a need for it.
  3. EM2013 macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2013
    Have no need for usb c. Don’t own any newer Mac or new iPad and don’t plan on getting one.
  4. estabya macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2014
    While I do have plenty of USB-C around for my other devices, I have some lighting accessories that would be inconvenient and expensive to replace with USB-C equivalents.
  5. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    I’m ready to convert to USB-C.

    iPad Pro has it, so the ball’s rolling now. 2020 iPhone/Airpods need to follow suit.
  6. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    Preferences might change as time progresses. I do have a fair amount of stuff that annoyingly uses micro USB but nothing with USB-c for now.
  7. Jimpilot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2014
    DFW, Texas
    Would love changing over since I have all the adapters and dongles I would need already for my pro. Greatly simplifies travel packing
  8. anthdci thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    So as i thought, apple is in a lose-lose situation. Regardless of what they do there will be people unhappy.
  9. FFR macrumors 601


    Nov 4, 2007
    Lighting or bust for 2019 iPhones.

    Don’t really see a point for the iPhone to replace lighting with usb c.

    Now Usb 4 @ 40 Gbit/s is another story maybe in 2021.
  10. borntrouble macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2010
    Germany - Bavaria
  11. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    The main advantage is lightning is, for apple, no confusion about cables. With USB-C, there are so many varieties. I've bought ones that don't support the higher speed modes, for example. I think different varieties can support different power demands.
  12. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    What's a unique benefit of USB-C, other than the pipe dream of "one cable fits all?" Using the iPhone as an external display? Connecting the iPhone to an external eGPU or high speed data storage array?

    What about fast charging compatibility? The only difference is whether you use a charging cable with USB-C on both ends, or Lighting on one end. Since I own zero USB-C cables, it doesn't matter which accessory cable I buy for fast charging. For those who already own cables with USB-C on both ends, USB-C on iPhone would be a convenience. In other words, there's no universally-correct answer.

    Since I don't travel with a PC (I'm all-iOS when I travel), the only cable I need worry about is the one that fits all the charging blocks I own. I have extra chargers, since they last longer than the iOS devices they came with. I have extra cables because it's handy. At home, my iMacs all have USB-A, so my "one cable fits all" utopia is my here-and-now. Transition to other cables/connectors is inevitable, but until my Macs all have USB-C, I'll need multiple cable types, regardless.

    Altogether, a lot of noise, signifying little. Each person will support what's most convenient for him/her, and just like the notion that one cable can fit all needs, one solution will not fit all needs.
  13. anthdci thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    I agree, but then they did it with the iPad so why not the iPhone.
  14. aakshey macrumors 68000


    Jun 13, 2016
    As per recent Ming reports iPhone 2019 was earlier supposed to transition to USB C but I’m I’m not wrong that has been delayed to 2020.
  15. anthdci thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    that maybe true I don't know, i was just curious which people would rather and its currently 50/50
  16. Tsepz macrumors 68030


    Jan 24, 2013
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    And it only makes sense that they move to USB-C now that even the iPad Pro and MacBooks use it.

    I would actually be pretty surprised if the iPhone XI still uses Lightning.
  17. Groot macrumors newbie


    Oct 29, 2016
    It think is a matter of European Union preparing to force the tech companies to switch to usb-c standard. It is not like Apple didn't successfully avoided the 2 years mandatory warranty required by law in EU by pushing the second year to the vendors, but still. Europe is a huge market for Apple, any delays in deliveries or resistance from the European commission, say immediately after they launch the new model in September, would spell disaster for Apple.

    So I also vote usb-c. It is simply too dangerous, tactically, to stick to the lightning.
  18. Wide opeN macrumors 65816

    Wide opeN

    Aug 27, 2010
  19. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    Hopefully lightning as I have a large collection of lightning cables lol
  20. Relentless Power, Jun 2, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2019

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I don’t forsee the AirPod switching any time to USB-C _yet_, that could be a totally different change, being it’s an accessory to the iPhone, not a core product like the iPhone/iPad. If anything, the AirPods could rely charging solely on reverse charging or wireless charging as a sole method versus using any charging port at all, which would also improve the water resistance.
  21. Groot macrumors newbie


    Oct 29, 2016
    Assuming the Apple will switch all future lines of ipads/iphones to usb-c, you still don't see a reason why Apple would switch Airpods to usb-c? Seriously?
  22. anthdci thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    Definitely seems split right down the middle then. I'll likely bring this thread back up when the new iPhone does eventually come out.
  23. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    USB-C. I won't be updating before that happens.

    For me it is exactly that. I hate having to carry around a multitude of chargers and cables, when one of each should be sufficient. Currently I have to carry two chargers, one with USB-A and one with USB-C. Then I have to carry a cable that ends with Lightning, one with USB-C, and one with USB Μicro-B. At least I don't also have to carry a proprietary one for the camera and laptop anymore, so that's two down.

    The pipe dream here is more that we can lower electronic waste, because in 10 years from now, everyone will have USB-C cables and chargers laying around, meaning that likely won't be included with products.
  24. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    Lightning. Maybe usb-c on the other end but I sure hope not.
  25. ebika macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2008
    I like both connectors. This feels like the closest I’ve been able to get to a single connector for everything so far. Switch, Pokeball plus, MacBook Pro, iPad Pro are all on usb c. If I can get an usb c iPhone and AirPods, I could ditch my lightning cables.

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