Goodbye Lightning? 2017 iPhones may rely on USB-C connector

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Apple may be bringing UBC-C to iPhone.
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This year’s iPhones may boast USB-C connectors, claims a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

If true, this would bring next-gen iPhones in line with the company’s push to embrace the industry-standard connector — as seen with recent MacBooks, which ditched legacy connectors in favor of a single USB-C port for both power and data transfers.

What’s not clear from the report is whether this would mean abandoning Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector in favor of USB-C or simply switching out the USB-A plug at the end of the cable for USB-C. If the former, this would be the third connector change for the iPhone: Apple switched out the original 30-pin dock connector for the current Lightning connector with 2012’s iPhone 5.

The WSJ report also adds another voice to the growing number of stories claiming that Apple will release three different iPhones in 2017: two LCD “s” cycle iPhones, and an extra-high-end iPhone 8 to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. Previous rumors have suggested the 2017 iPhone will come in three screen sizes: 5.8 inches, 5.5 inches and 4.7 inches.

Of these, the 5.8-inch “10th Anniversary Edition” iPhone 8 would feature the most exciting innovations, including a curved OLED display manufactured by Samsung. The deluxe model would also drop the Home button for a Touch Bar-style “function area” at the bottom of the smartphone’s display, according to rumors.

Although the WSJ doesn’t mention a price point, one previous report claimed the high-end 2017-era iPhone could cost $1,000 or more.

Are you optimistic about this year’s new iPhones? Leave your comments below.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

  • TrueNorth_Steve✓ᴰᴱᴾᴸᴼᴿᴬᴮᴸᴱ

    i rather prefer they leave it as is, beside the USB-c is a larger port than the current one, so that doesnt not fit in line with their ideals of smaller and thinner.

  • Ian Phillip

    I can’t see them bringing out Lightning equipped iPads in March then USB-C phones in September. My guess is whatever we see on the iPads is what we’ll see on the phones later in the year.

  • David Kaplan

    No way, it’s likely the other end of the cord they’ll change if anything.

  • El Fez

    I have a high tolerance for Apple’s eccentricities and I do believe in replacing technology when it no longer suites a need but this is what, the 3rd connector standard in 5 years? Thunderbolt was going to solve all the problems, then it was Lightning. Now its USB-C. Next year is wireless charging. Can we stick to SOME standard folks?

    That being said, I absolutely LOATH Micro-USB. No matter which direction you choose to plug it, it will always be the wrong direction. On top of that all the Android devices like to hide the port. I refuse to charge up my wife’s Kindle.

  • Jordan Wyatt

    This would never happen. They switched to the lightning port because it’s waterproof. Water resistance is a major feature of the iPhone 7. I don’t know why they’d go backwards on this. That’s why the headphone jack is gone. Because it isn’t waterproof.

  • aardman

    I hope the $1K price tag on the 8 is just misdirection thrown by Apple. Everyone thought the iPad was going to be priced much higher than it actually was. Maybe it’s the same thing going on here. Then again, if they’re supply constrained on OLED screens, no point in a lower price that just leads to frustrated would-be purchasers venting their spleens online and generating negative buzz.

  • James Diaz

    no, no, no, they won’t switch it on the iPhone end but on the charger end, algo with new USB-C chargers, i think thats what they will do, it’s more logical.