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Crazy Badger

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Given all the USB-C love with the new MBPs why didn't Apple ditch the Lightening port in the iPhone and go with USB-C?

I'm hoping USB-C will become the 'one port to rule them all' and we'll finally see a single connection that's used in all mobile tech.
 

KrisLord

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USB-C is still bigger than lightning and I think there'd be even more complaints than removing the headphone port if they'd changed. Apple own lightning and so can certify devices using it. If they go to USB-C they can't do that anymore.
 
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Superrjamz54

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Given all the USB-C love with the new MBPs why didn't Apple ditch the Lightening port in the iPhone and go with USB-C?

I'm hoping USB-C will become the 'one port to rule them all' and we'll finally see a single connection that's used in all mobile tech.
There needs to be a USB Type C standard first of all. There's no need for Apple to switch to a port that has the exact same functionality as their current one. USB C is still not as common as a Type A port and won't be for awhile.
 

Floris

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Given all the USB-C love with the new MBPs why didn't Apple ditch the Lightening port in the iPhone and go with USB-C?

I'm hoping USB-C will become the 'one port to rule them all' and we'll finally see a single connection that's used in all mobile tech.
Who knows, with the iPhone 8 when they redesign everything :)
 

Shirasaki

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There needs to be a USB Type C standard first of all. There's no need for Apple to switch to a port that has the exact same functionality as their current one. USB C is still not as common as a Type A port and won't be for awhile.
Yet Apple ditches everything else and favour USB c on new MacBook.
Confused.
 

Alameda

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USB-C is still bigger than lightning and I think there'd be even more complaints than removing the headphone port if they'd changed. Apple own lightning and so can certify devices using it. If they go to USB-C they can't do that anymore.
And USB Type-C wouldn't add anything new to iPhone. Makes no sense to change connector if you get nothing new. Yes, they could deliver native HDMI or DisplayPort, and do file transfers with USB 3.0 speed, but these don't seem to be features that iPhone users are dying for.
 

Floris

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That said, it wouldn't surprise me if the next iPhone release the wall socket might be usb-c to lightning, and the phone stays lighting, but we can at least put it directly into the wall socket thing, and our laptops.
 
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KrisLord

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That said, it wouldn't surprise me if the next iPhone release the wall socket might be usb-c to lightning, and the phone stays lighting, but we can at least put it directly into the wall socket thing, and our laptops.
I think this is the most likely change in the short term.

There's no reason to move to USB-C on both ends of the connection, but on the charger/PC end I can see it changing next year as by then the iMacs will have USB-C.
 

CTHarrryH

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I think they need to change at some point - if you can't directly connect your new iPhone to your new Macs that would seem sort of very strange. Of course it make all the actual charger blocks you have worthless (without a adapter). All the weight you are saving with new phones and macs will be taken back with all the connectors you will actually need to connect anything real.
 

Brien

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That said, it wouldn't surprise me if the next iPhone release the wall socket might be usb-c to lightning, and the phone stays lighting, but we can at least put it directly into the wall socket thing, and our laptops.
This makes sense. Very odd to have a headphone jack on the new MBP and yet no USB-C for the iPhone cables unless you spend another $25.
 
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George Knighton

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This makes sense. Very odd to have a headphone jack on the new MBP and yet no USB-C for the iPhone cables unless you spend another $25.
Exactly!! ROFL.....

They spend all this time telling us to use Bluetooth instead of the audio jack, and we don't need an audio jack...and then give us an audio jack on the MacBook Pro.

Unbfreakingbelievable. !
 
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Floris

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Why would you pay $25 for a USB-C to Lightning adapter when you could pay $19 for the more versatile USB-C to USB adapter?
No, I would not buy the usb-c to usb adapter, when i can charge my iOS devices and magic keyboard, etc on the wall socket

But a lot of people would say: i need iphone charger now? omg! what cable? usb-c to lighting then? ok, fine.. done one of those too .. Not realizing they can just plug the lightning to usb into the usb-c to usb .. .but whatever..

i think a valid reason for them not to include adapters and such, and having us pay more for it, is simply because there are millions that will buy it.
 

Mlrollin91

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I mentioned that in another thread, that Apple should have offered the choice. Would you like your iPhone 7 with a USB or USB-C connector. They should have released the new MBPs before the iPhone and offered the choice. Probably would have smoothed it over a little easier.
 

Savor

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I don't see Apple ever ditching the lightning connector on the iPhone. Laptops are a different category.
You don't know Apple very well. They love to make money with incompatibility by using different standards and eliminating old ones .
 

T5BRICK

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Exactly!! ROFL.....

They spend all this time telling us to use Bluetooth instead of the audio jack, and we don't need an audio jack...and then give us an audio jack on the MacBook Pro.

Unbfreakingbelievable. !
Different tools have different uses.

NOTE: I don't care about the missing headphone jack on the iPhone, but I do think the new rMBP is too expensive for what it offers.
 
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T'hain Esh Kelch

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Given all the USB-C love with the new MBPs why didn't Apple ditch the Lightening port in the iPhone and go with USB-C?

I'm hoping USB-C will become the 'one port to rule them all' and we'll finally see a single connection that's used in all mobile tech.
Apple earns millions and millions of dollars worth of royalities on the proprietary Lightning connector in iOS peripherials.
 
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