Last week, The Wall Street Journal released a report that stated the next iPhone would drop its Lightning connector for USB-C. The report was written in a confusing manner and has caused mass confusion consumers. The new iPhone most likely won’t drop its Lightning port for USB-C, but the charging cable might do just that.
The article The Wall Street Journal published said the new iPhone would feature a, “USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector.” The report, however, was not clear on where the Lightning connection would be dropped. The chances that Apple ditches its own Lightning connection on its new iPhone itself are very low. There is a solid chance, however, that Apple will replace the USB-A connection on its charging cable in place for USB-C.
USB-C allows for a technology similar to fast-charging, allowing devices to charge at a much faster rate. Removing the USB-A port on the current charging cable to make the new charging cable a Lightning to USB-C cable would allow for the new charging technology. Changing the charging cable to be USB-C to a Lightning connection would also be a major step forward for users of the new MacBook Pro, which has four USB-C ports. New iPhones would be able to connect to the machine without needing another dongle. For older machines, however, consumers would need a similar dongle users of the new MacBook Pro have needed. For those that hoped dongles would die off, it looks as if they will be around for some time. USB-C would also allow for data to be transferred between a Mac with USB-C and the new iPhone at a faster rate that USB-A would allow.
The Lightning connector also remains just a tad smaller than USB-C. With Apple continuing to focus on making the thinnest and lightest phone on the planet, the Lightning connector would be a better choice. Because Apple made the Lightning connector in house, it allows them to license the design to third-parties that want to use the port. With a relatively large source of income, Apple would not just stop using the connector without a very good reason.
Overall, it continues to be very unlikely that Apple will drop its Lightning connector on the new iPhone, but a change to charging cable is very possible. Changing the charging cable to a Lightning to USB-C connector would allow for the best of both worlds, expect for the fact that a good portion of users would need to buy dongles.