One Analyst Thinks the iPhone 8 Will Still Have a Lightning Connector With USB-C Adapter for Europe

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The Wall Street Journal today reported that at least one upcoming iPhone model will include a USB-C port instead of a Lightning connector.

If the report is accurate, a single USB-C cable could be used to charge the so-called iPhone 8, 12-inch MacBook, or the latest MacBook Pro models.
People familiar with Apple's plans said the iPhone releases this year would include two models with the traditional LCDs and a third one with the OLED screen.

They said Apple would introduce other updates including a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company's original Lightning connector.
That's not a rumor we've heard previously, but The Wall Street Journal is a reputable source that often accurately predicts Apple's plans.

Nevertheless, the move towards USB-C has yet to be substantiated by other credible sources, and Apple changing the charging port on iPhones for the second time in five years, after switching from the 30-pin Dock Connector to Lightning connector in 2012, would certainly be a controversial decision.

At least one analyst is not convinced that Apple will ditch Lightning on its next iPhones, but he does believe USB-C will be in the mix.

Barclays managing director Blayne Curtis told MacRumors that he expects the iPhone 8 to keep its Lightning connector, while he believes that Apple will sell a Lightning to USB-C adapter in European countries to adhere to the European Commission's "one mobile phone charger for all" campaign.

This adapter could be similar to Apple's female-to-male Lightning to Micro-USB adapter, which allows an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a Lightning connector to charge and sync with a Micro-USB cable. Apple sold a similar 30-pin Dock Connector to Micro-USB adapter in Europe to adhere to EU policy.

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Ugh. Time to buy a whole bunch of other cables. I actually liked lightning once I started using it.

It should have become the standard connector for USB-C instead of the mess that did. It's just far superior.

Oh well. My incoming Nintendo Switch has USB-C. My next phone will have USB-C. It just won't be an iPhone.
 

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Pretty sure that those lighting to USB-c connectors break the USB-c power delivery specifications and won't work with most chargers that aren't made by Apple... Here's hoping they show the same "courage" they showed when getting rid of the headphone jack and replace the lighting port with USB-c on all iPhones released this year.
 

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It'd make sense to swap to USB c or include a USB c to lightning cable in the box (or at least an adapter). 5 years isn't unreasonable time for a port's lifespan

Edit: ports not poets!
 
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Does someone know if Apple has to drop the MFI program for USB-C cables. If they choose to go for USB-C.

It would be an open standard and I doubt Apple can charge 3rd party Manufacturers anymore like they did with the Lightning Port.

I currently have a Smartphone with USB-C . I like it very much. It's easier to plug in and out and doesnt put so much pressure on the port like the Lightning does and makes easier contact with the socket.
 

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There is no way Apple would move from Lightning. They have invested so much into the ecosystem, it hasn't hit the limits as far as technical prowess, and Apple's control of the entire implementation allows them to do many things that would require serious work to implement without Lightning's wrapper on USB's transfer mechanism.

Did you know that when you plug accessories in, iOS flashes them with the most up-to-date firmware? Or the majority of the handshake between wireless devices (Pencil, Magic accessories) is handled by Lightning? Or even that Lightning's adaptor/connector support is so interoperable that it can survive any foreseeable transition or include any existing connection ever? They've just invested so much from a technical aspect that I see them having a hard time reimplementing much of it with a standard that they don't control.

Even the development path says no - if Apple transitions iOS devices to USB-C, they'd have to move controller hardware for supported modes back into the iDevice; at the moment the iDevices only need to control USB traffic and everything else is handled on the cord. Neither is Apple going to allow that complexity - which they worked so hard to move out of the core - back in, nor chance having to make a device larger to support a random array of modes (HDMI, DP are good examples and USB-C's mode set has grown every 6 months) and would never welcome back the days of: "this device only supports these series of connections".
 
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How would a USB-C iPhone work with existing devices that are USB-A? Such as a CarPlay infotainment system?

Will it be backward compatible?

It would be weird if they made a switch to USB-C. Would this mean that all the other iPhones, such as an SE would also go USB-C?
 
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The Wall Street Journal today reported that at least one upcoming iPhone model will include a USB-C port instead of a Lightning connector.

If the report is accurate, a single USB-C cable could be used to charge the so-called iPhone 8, 12-inch MacBook, or the latest MacBook Pro models.The Wall Street Journal has historically been a reliable source for iPhone rumors, so there is a good chance the report is true.

Nevertheless, the move towards USB-C has yet to be substantiated by other credible sources, and Apple changing the charging port on iPhones for the second time in five years, after switching from the 30-pin Dock Connector to Lightning connector in 2012, would certainly be a controversial decision.

At least one analyst is not convinced that Apple will ditch Lightning on its next iPhones, but he does believe USB-C will be in the mix.

Barclays managing director Blayne Curtis told MacRumors that he expects the iPhone 8 to keep its Lightning connector, while he believes that Apple will sell a Lightning to USB-C adapter in European countries to adhere to the European Commission's "one mobile phone charger for all" campaign.

This adapter would likely be similar to Apple's female-to-male Lightning to Micro-USB adapter, which allows an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a Lightning connector to charge and sync with a micro USB cable. Apple sold a similar 30-pin Dock Connector to Micro-USB adapter in Europe to adhere to EU policy.

Many consumers have advocated for Apple to ditch its proprietary Lightning connector in favor of USB-C, which has become a standard feature on several Android smartphones, notebooks, and other devices. Whether it is an all-out USB-C port or yet another adapter remains to be seen, but it seems that Apple might be listening.

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mizzyman21

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I wonder if there is a way to make one port that can accept both USB-C and Lightening. I understand there is a wafer in the middle of a USB-C Female port. However, I wonder if it can be designed flexible like those old patents we saw for Apple trying to make USB-A multi-directional. Then when that wafer moves out of the way for the lightning connector it'll press it against the lightning pins on one side of the housing. Then we can have our cake and eat it too! (Patent Pending?)