Apple Unlikely To Switch To USB-C On The iPhone 8
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s next iPhone would switch from Lightning to USB-C. While the idea of Apple adopting USB-C on their phone is exciting, it brought a lot of questions from the business perspective. Apple can license the Lightning standard to headphone manufacturers, cable charger manufacturers, and other accessories makers. A jump to USB-C would open up the iPhone’s port for anyone to create unlicensed headphones, chargers, and other iPhone compatible accessories.
Now Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo chimed in on the rumor, claiming Apple’s next three iPhone’s would retain the Lightning port. Apple would make changes to Lightning to enable fast charging, which Android users have come to love. It was noted Apple might replace the Lightning cable port to USB-C to plug into the MacBook Pro and other devices.
Next iPhone Won’t Use USB-C Over Lightning
Kuo further noted that although Lightning has fewer features, they have little incentive to switch over. The report made no mention of wireless charging which Apple is said to be working on. If they do offer wireless charging on an industry standard, it could alleviate some of the pains of not switching to USB-C.
Another reason to stick with Lightning over USB-C is said to be the size; Lightning is more compact. While losing some revenue from licensing would hurt their bottom line, it wouldn’t hurt the overall health of the company. It would also make sense when Apple transitions their Mac’s to the standard. I’d love to see this rumor come true, but it’s highly unlikely they make such a move this year. As more devices switch to USB-C, they could become more inclined, but then again they’ve always used a different standard for their iPhone cable.
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