18 June 2018
According to a rumor we saw some time back, Apple is said to be doing away with the lightning cable. It was stated that the company may opt for an industry standard USB Type C connector with this year’s iPhone launch. However, current reports suggest that since Apple is still working on the design and related interface, the shift may now happen next year only.
Apple this year may include a USB type C to a lightning port connector and a new charger. However, from next year onwards Apple is likely to replace the current charging system with the industry standard USB type C, sources suggest.
Apple’s current generation MacBook is already using a USB type C port for charging and if the iPhone and iPads adopt a Type C connector, it is pretty sure that all other OEMs will follow suit. As of now, the reversible Type C connector is being used in most of the Android flagships however with its proprietary connectors, Apple is able to control the accessories market.
While the current report does suggest that Apple is planning to make a switch it doesn’t clearly mention if both the ports of the cable will be Type C Connectors or it would be Type C to lightning port. It is highly unlikely for Apple to switch over fully to Type C connectors since it may lose the benefit from accessory licensing as there is already a large ecosystem of accessories supporting USB Type-C. Also, the lightning port already does what a Type-C can do now, since 2012.