Published: Wed, March 01, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

IPhone 8: Lightning ports ditched for USB Type-C charging

The iPhone 8 will likely do away with the Home button. None of the features are new to the users who have used brands other than Apple. Interestingly a new report from The Wall Street Journal's supplier sources arrived claiming that the plan for a curved OLED display is still happening. The iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will retain the standard LCD displays.

Hold on to your cables, kids, because Apple is ditching the Lightning port on the iPhone 8. Apple's competitors, over the past few years, began to use mini-USB and eventually adopted microUSB before fully supporting the standard USB Type-C port for most smartphones.

Apple's most recent MacBook Pro devices came with USB-C connectivity and increasingly, the smartphone industry is relying on USB-C for syncing and charging. USB-C can do everything Lightning can do and then some, and my experience with USB-C cables and connectors so far (Apple's included) has been that they are slightly larger but also sturdier than the Lightning versions.

Still, I can not imagine Apple forgoing Lightning in favor of USB-C.

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Separately, earlier this month, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple has three new wireless charging iPhones scheduled for this year. The phone is expected to be priced at about $1,000, bringing the average selling price of an iPhone in Apple's next fiscal year to $684 from $666, according to BMO Capital Markets.

As of right now, these are merely rumors, but we should know more as we get closer to the rumored launch window of the iPhone 8.

But not everyone is convinced that Apple will make the switch. Instead of replacing the Lighting port on the iPhone, Apple may be planning to include a Lighting to USB-C cable instead of the familiar Lightning to USB A cable. However, the move makes a lot of sense.

In other words, Apple is apparently looking into switching out its proprietary Lightning port for a USB-C port-the same tech used on several newer Android phones, like upcoming LG G6.

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