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Why Apple won’t switch to USB-C Port

As Apple celebrates the 10th anniversary of its most successful product, the iPhone, anticipation continues to grow and the rumour mill keeps churning out with more “details” on the upgrades and features of the latest addition to the iPhone family. However, as anticipation runs rife, so do the rumours. In particular are the latest claims that the new iPhone 8, or iPhone X; as some claim it will be called; will feature a USB-C port to charge as opposed to the lightning port that the company released with the iPhone 5 only a few years ago.

Apple-Pencil Macbook usbc connector

This speculation discredits a lot of theories since Apple’s lightning port still has a lot more to offer. It has been the standard connection port for all its iPhones since the iPhone 5 was introduced nearly five years ago, but it has also been used on the iPad, from the fourth generation iPad and iPad mini.


Additionally, Lightning charging port has also been continuously improving in performance, for example, the lightning connector of the iPad Pro of 12.9 inches offers a USB 3.0 interface for data transfer. Not only that, the millions of units sold of their iPhone (including the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus) join the massive production of Beats headphones with Lightning connector for those latest models, but there is more.

Air pods

Apple’s wireless headsets, the Airpods, are also dependant on the Lightning port for charging, as well as the Apple Pencil and the Apple TV controller. Too many products are dependent on this connection port for charging or use and it would be a radical change for Apple to conform to the industry standards of Android OS phones to change that now.

But the MacBook has switched to USB-C, right?

The rumour might seem to carry some weight if one is to take into account that Apple is also betting heavily on the USB-C connector, in particular with the MacBook and MacBook Pro, the notebooks of the Cupertino based company whose recent iterations rely only on this type of port. Apple does not offer other ports (like traditional USB-A) in the new MacBook Pro, something that has made the decision highly criticized and created the viral hash tag #donglelife: without adapters and dongles it was difficult to take advantage of the MacBook Pro For many scenarios.

When the MacBook began selling with these USB-C ports many users of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus realized the absurdity of the decision: these smartphones are distributed with a cable from Lightning to USB-A, which made it impossible to connect the phone to the new MacBook directly: it was returning to the dongles problem.

That is precisely the key to the problem that Apple will hope to address in its future iPhone: the adapter cable that will be included in the new iPhone will not be Lightning to USB-A, but Lightning to USB-C. Probably what the source of the rumour meant was that along with the traditional Lightning cable, it would also include an adapter cable with a USB-C connector, not a USB-A to use with the new Macbook aligning the connectors of the two products.

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