iPhone 8 Ditching Lightning Connector For USB-C? Given the questionable nature of that report, perhaps it comes as little surprise that in his research note this morning, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo officially quashed any hope of such a transition taking place - confirming that Apple would, in fact, be retaining the Lightning standard for many more years to come.
Because of the rumors that Apple would launch the iPhone 8 with killer features in September, experts are warning consumers not to buy the current iPhone 7. The detailed article claimed Apple will effectively abandon its Lightning connector.
That last prospect was highlighted this week by the Wall Street Journal, which also predicted Apple would source OLED screens for the new iPhone from Samsung.
Instead, the iPhone 8 will utilize "Type-C Power Delivery" technology for faster charging, AppleInsider reports, citing a note from Kuo.
Apple is now using the USB-C ports for the newer Apple laptops to charge them and connect with other devices. This would mean that owners of Apple's new MacBook Pro (which is equipped with four USB-C ports and nothing else) would be able to charge their new iPhone directly.
To accomplish this, Apple will be sourcing new components from Texas Instruments and Cypress. It is also rumored that the device will consist of a 5.8-inch screen, a more powerful and larger battery, and facial depth recognition technology. He said transferring files via a cable is a "niche application" as majority of people are now use to syncing through the cloud. Kuo says that this will be called "Type-C power Delivery". Three phones are thought to be in development using 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch and 5.8-inch form factors.