IPhone 8: USB-C Confusion

Posted March 03, 2017

This is probably the smartest move for the company as consumers probably aren't ready yet to make the full-on switch to USB-C, even though Apple may want them to. Instead, it will adopt the open USB-C specification already endorsed by many Android phone manufacturers.

Apple's upcoming iPhone, expected to launch in September, could charge faster than previous models, according to a new analyst report.

Kuo notes that instead of outright replacing Lightning with USB-C, Apple would be upgrading its next generation iPhone lineup - the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and OLED-equipped iPhone 8- with next-generation internal components boasting fast charging capabilities.

So, the iPhone will still feature a Lightning port, but the other end of the cable will be USB-C and the cable will take advantage of the faster charging spec available by using USB-C.

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The world has only just recovered from Apple's decision to get rid of the headphone port on iPhone 7 - but another big change might be coming.

DisplayMate Technologies president Raymond Soneira talked about the rumored screen of the iPhone 8 in an interview with Forbes. The reason is because he expects it to have "a 2-cell L shaped battery pack design". Now, however, Ming-Chi Kuo has contested that report. Apple could still choose include a Lightning to USB-C cable and USB-C power adapter with its new iPhones. It's about time the company adapts a standard instead of requiring all sorts of dongles for its proprietary tech, and it would have made flawless sense for transfers between its USB-C-compatible computers.

As of the iPhone 7 series, released last September, the Lightning connection is the only way to physically plug in another device to the phone. The port itself will remain in-place though, allowing customers to continue using the same cables and connectors. The popular rumor making the rounds is that there will be 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch and 5.8-inch iPhone.