No Changes Coming to Apple Charging Cable for iPhone 8

Posted March 03, 2017

There are also reports from Mac Otakara which says, Lightning to USB-C Cable will remain an optional purchase for Apple iPhone 8. Additionally, the flagship iPhone 8 could offer even faster charging by using a new "2-cell L-shaped battery pack design".

The report, if it materialises, means that we may well see a new iPhone with major upgrades later this year.

One unusual bit from Kuo was that he seemed to indicate that although Apple would take advantage of the faster power delivery spec of USB-C, it may not be able to get the data transmission speed upgrade if the iPhone itself still has a Lightning jack. Kuo also believes the high-speed data transmission on USB-C is still only "niche" when it comes to the iPhone.

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An official release of the new plan shouldn't be too far off, as pricing details are now slowly emerging to a subset of users.

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal floated the notion that the next iPhone could use the standard USB-C port, which some Android devices use.

As of the iPhone 7 series, released last September, the Lightning connection is the only way to physically plug in another device to the phone. It will come with a power cord for charging and connect to other peripheral devices. Prior to the Lightning connector, Apple had used a 30-pin dock connector for iPhones.

Apple has done away with a charge cable before. Lightning is also relatively new - it's only been around since 2012. The move, if confirmed, would allow the iPhone to have greater interoperability with third-party hardware ecosystems. Doing so would mean giving up control and cost the company money at the same time. But the iPhone (and iPad and iPod touch) will keep the Lightning port. In other words, all the tech found in a USB-C port will be found in this next-generation Lightning port. The phone itself will be a similar size to the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7, with the display reaching closer to the edges to more effectively use the device size. Apple will not cede its role as gatekeeper to a gold mine.