Why the iPhone won't get USB-C [MERGED]

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Will USB_C replace Lightning?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. Appleaker macrumors 68000

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    When Apple introduced Lightning, they said it "is a modern connector for the next decade", openly admitting that the naming was inspired by the 'Thunderbolt' port, when Schiller said "Now we have thunderbolt, and lightning, in our connector strategy".

    At first that didn't make a lot of sense since they were different ports with different purposes.
    Today, Apple are moving towards USB C for the MacBook charging connector. Specifically, Thunderbolt 3.

    Thunderbolt for Mac notebooks, Lightning for iOS devices.
    Both for charging, and both very adaptive.


    Other reasons:

    • Lightning is already established
    • Lightning is just 4 years old
    • USB-C is 1mm thicker which is significant, given Apples thickness obsession.

    The reason the new MacBook doesn't have a Thunderbolt connector is because of the lack of space on the logic board for a TB 3 controller - The same reason it doesn't have USB 3.1 speeds. I believe this is resolved with Kaby Lake processors which have native support for both USB 3.1 and TB 3.

    I am not saying I am against the 'possibility', I would love for it to happen. Maybe when USB-C gets smaller....
     
  2. bhall110 macrumors regular

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    I wish apple had the courage to go USB type C on the iPhone.

    Just saying
     
  3. iPhone1 macrumors 65816

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    I think they'll wait to just eliminate all ports before they go type-c. Release wireless charging next year and then in 2018, get rid of the port altogether.
     
  4. bhall110 macrumors regular

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    I think that is the road map for them as well. but the fact that the apple tv 4 has usb type c and the new mac book does gives me a hunch that at some point we will have a usb type c port on the bottom of the iPhone
     
  5. off_piste macrumors 6502a

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    How could they get rid of ports altogether? Wouldn't Apple need some kind of service port at least? I guess the smart connector could fill that role.
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Why would they do that?
    That would make zero financial sense to Apple.
    They create their own proprietary plug and can charge you $20 for a wire.
    And if someone tries to copy their wire with the next iOS software update they make those fake wires useless and charge a royalty fee to those companies that want to sell legit lightning USB wires that will function with no problems on all Apple devices.
     
  7. michael31986 macrumors 68040

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    they will never get rid of a port. i say keep lightening but come out with wireless charging and the lighting port can be used if wireless isn't avaiable.
     
  8. bhall110 macrumors regular

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    It fits into the "it just works" theory also it would make the eco system that much tighter. The same charger that I use to charge my macbook i could use to charge my iPhone or iPad or power a iMac.
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes but It doesn't fit in the "make billions" Apple theory :D
    Lightning connectors are Apples own hardware and software. They can charge as much as they please and control it fully.
    USB C is not theirs.
    I agree it would make things easier, simpler and cheaper but with Apple it's all about control and money.
    Companies do things for profit not to make it easier or cheaper for us unfortunately :)
     
  10. iPhone1 macrumors 65816

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    Once Apple adopts wireless charging, it could open up a lot of possibilities for the iPhone. It could become waterproof for example, using the same tech in Apple Watch Series 2. I'm not saying it will happen for sure but with them taking away the headphone jack, it doesn't seem that unlikely.
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    Even if they don't do wireless charging, that smart connector makes more sense on an iPhone now.
     
  11. bhall110 macrumors regular

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    VERY true but if it comes to a point where having a proprietary connector hurts there business then they will move forward.
     
  12. iPhone1 macrumors 65816

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    I think they would go to using the smart connector as a backup to wireless charging.
     
  13. bhall110 macrumors regular

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    Maybe as service port but not charging IMHO
     
  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Hope you're right but it's Apple were talking about.
    People will continue to pay for their expensive $20 USB wires.
    Wish we could buy our connectors for $1 like all the micro USB devices out there.
     
  15. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Just wondering why apple didn't choose to go with a USBc connector instead of the old one. Didn't the last MacBook update only come with a USB c port? Figured they might do that with the 7.

    (And I don't mean for the connection to the phone, just the other end for connection to computer/power)
     
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  17. veedubshafer macrumors 6502

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    He's not talking about the Lightning port. He's talking about the usb.
     
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    Plus the drop of the headphone jack and lighting port with millions of people finally switching all their cables from 30 pin?
    Yea that wouldn't bring a **** storm or anything.
    Also size. Lighting is smaller than usb-c. not by much but if they ever do plan or going thinner they can still.
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  19. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    I think because most computers still have USB, plus vehicles with USB ports, and there's a ton of those little power boxes out there. They would have had to include a second adapter lol
     
  20. Mac'nCheese, Sep 12, 2016
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    Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    I just meant for the side you plug in for power not the one on the phone
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    True but someone has to be the first to do switch.
     
  21. chabig macrumors 68040

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    FYI, this is a meaningless photo. The part that matters is the port that has to be built into the device, not the plug that goes in.
     
  22. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    Do we know for sure they haven't?

    If not, I would agree mainly because most of Apple's computers still have USB-A connectors, as well as most of the devices their customers would plug them into.

    Maybe next year after USB-C even starts to become a thing.
     
  23. x-evil-x macrumors 68030

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    size differences of the plug don't matter? The overall footprint of the usb is larger
     
  24. unagimiyagi macrumors 6502a

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    So for the iphone, use an older lightning that can't compete with usb c over the long haul and lose the headphone jack. the iphone 7 as we all know is a bridge device before the radical iphone 8 comes out next year. So for a bridge device they look towards the future more than for the macbook.
    For the macbook, the self-stated future of computing, use a usb c but keep the headphone jack?

    There's not a lot of internal consistency that goes on, and I only nitpick because Ive is the one who likes to wax poetic about all the thought that goes into each decision.

    These port choices hugely violate Apple's keep it simple paradigm. They should phase these things out with each new model. If you're going to force the transition, do it quickly. Say, 2016 is the year. Then no headphone jack on anything made in 2016. It's cleaner for Apple, for the customer, and there's no confusion.

    Frankly, they should have just gone usb c for everything, but they probably would lose billions on lightning equipment/accessories.
     
  25. Nozuka macrumors 68000

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    The EU is still planning to enforce a single charger compatible with every phone by 2017.. i think.
    But they have been rather quiet about it lately. i wonder if apple will still be allowed to use an adapter.
    And it probably got more complicated because of the introduction of USB-C, while many Android devices still use micro USB.


    While i would prefer USB-C, there is one thing i prefer about lightning:
    It feels more premium to plug-in. USB-C feels cheap in comparison.
     

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