Why Apple won't ditch Lightning for USB-C in the next iPhone

Leslie Dixon
March 4, 2017

Today, respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told MacRumors Apple will not discontinue the Lightning port, putting the USB-C rumours to rest. There are many reasons for the company to use a USB-C port instead of lightening port.

If you are a close follower of the Apple business models, it will be clear to you that the news is rather far fetched. It is believed to have at least come at par with Apple's iPhone 7, with some even speculating that it has bested the American giant's most recent iteration. And with the USB-C connection provided by a Lightning port, a better listening experience with wired headphones will be provided as there's no longer a headphone jack on the iPhone and USB-C provides pretty nice sound output.

Apple may unveil the new device as soon as March, but this should be taken with a grain of salt. Apple will use a "2-cell L-shaped" battery pack to enable more efficient charging than the flat cells commonly found in phones. "In order to achieve that goal, we think Apple will adopt TI's power management and Cypress's Power Delivery chip solutions for the new iPhone models". The detailed article claimed Apple will effectively abandon its Lightning connector.

Kuo also noted that the safety and stable of data transmission during a quick charge are vital feature for Apple to nail in the switch. Users could then plug the iPhone 8 into the new MacBook Pros, or the 12-inch MacBook.

In Apple's latest laptops, the MacBook and MacBook Pro, they've all been replaced by USB-C ports - a move that a year ago prompted an outcry from Mac users annoyed that they would need new cables and dongles to connect older hardware.

With most of the year's major Android phone's having now dropped - we're still waiting on the Samsung Galaxy S8 - the iPhone 8 remains the final big unknown of 2017 smartphones. Of course, there would be changes in the power adapters too.

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