iPhone to drop Lightning in favour of USB Type-C – report

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A new report claims that Apple is expected to drop the Lightning connector on the iPhone in favour of USB Type-C connectivity.

According to the Wall Street Journal (pay wall), citing “people familiar with the matter”, the company intends to go with the standard used by Android phones and its Macbook line of computers.

“They said Apple would introduce other updates including a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector,” read an excerpt.

“The models would also do away with a physical home button, they said. Those updates would give the iPhone features already available on other smartphones.”

Will Apple be ditching Lightning in favour of USB Type-C on an upcoming iPhone? One report seems to think so

The real question then, is whether this means we’ll see the iPhone itself get a USB Type-C port or whether Apple will use it for the power cable that goes into the charging adapter. The report says the features would put it on par with other smartphones, suggesting that it’ll be a USB Type-C port on the phone itself.

If Apple opts for the power cable route, it means that users could charge their iPhones via their new Macbooks without the need for a dreaded dongle.

Either way, the report also claims that Apple is working on an OLED iPhone with a flexible display, bringing to mind the Galaxy S6 Edge and S7 Edge lineup.



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