Don’t expect reversible USB cable to ship with iPhone 6

A reversible USB-to-Lighning cable and redesigned charger. One could be ready to ship this fall. Photo: Moca

A reversible USB-to-Lighning cable and redesigned charger. One could be ready to ship this fall. Photo: Moca

A slew of reports and leaked pictures have suggested that Apple could ship a new Lightning cable with reversible USB connector in the iPhone 6’s packaging. That’s not happening, according to venerable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo, who is rarely off the mark with his Apple predictions, has said that a new charging cable won’t debut this month due to “cost concerns” and “limited improvements to overall user experience.”

In a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider, Kuo dispelled recent rumors that Apple is prepping a new cable for this year’s iPhone. Although Apple could introduce a new cable right now, Kuo thinks it would cost the company too much to manufacture given the newness of the reversible USB design.

Moca, a third-party accessories maker, previously reported that reversible USB would not be included in the iPhone 6’s Lightning cable. The Hong Kong-based studio does, however, believe that a tweaked charger could be in the cards for supplying more power to larger iPhones.

  • http://howieit.com Howie Isaacks

    Big deal! I will be so glad when Apple announces the next iPhone so all of these stories about what Apple will and won’t do will stop. There is so much FUD being spewed. It’s really annoying. It really won’t be that big of a deal if Apple doesn’t ship a reversible cable.

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