Why Apple Switching to a USB Type C For the iPhone is a No Brainer

Apple might move away from lightning port on iPhone to USB Type C by next year. 

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Image for representative purposes only. Apple may switch to a USB Type C charging port from lightning connector. 

Apple has already ditched the headphone jack for good on the iPhone, but its insistence on continuing to use its lightning port belies logic. Apple has been the trendsetter with the notch and other design features, but the lightning connector port isn’t among its best design claim.

With the advent of USB Type C, which is slowly becoming the standard for phones, and even audio accessories to some extent, it’s time Apple made the switch as well. Which is why, we’re pleased to hear about reports, which suggest that Apple is working on Type C-based adapters and cables for the upcoming range of iPhone and iPads.


The report, however, does indicate that the chances of Apple devices supporting USB Type C in 2018 are slim. After all, compared to its patented lightning port, USB Type C warrants a change in design of the circuit board, which is unlikely to happen in a short span of time.

USB Type C port on a Windows 10 laptop. 
USB Type C port on a Windows 10 laptop. 
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While this is the first time we’re hearing about Apple adopting USB Type C for iPhone/iPad, this won’t be its first use of the technology in general. The company’s recent range of MacBooks, including the 12-inch MacBook sports a USB Type C for charging and even data transfer.

So, it is likely that Apple has warmed up to the universal standard port, and decided to extend its availability to iPhone and iPad as well. The change, for existing iPhone users will be drastic, as they would have to invest in a new set of accessories for the new range of iPhones, which in all probability will have an Apple-like premium price tag.

Could Apple tilt towards USB Type in 2019?
Could Apple tilt towards USB Type in 2019?
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For us, there’s no question about Apple not looking to make this move. The standard has already been set (not entirely) with most Android phones and some Windows 10 notebooks sporting the Type C port.

Apple’s case for USB Type C is further strengthened as many fast-charging units, now use the Type C connector.

But most importantly, iPhone cables aren’t known for their durability and affordability. With Type C-supported iPhones, you wouldn’t have to bother about carrying your phone charger (though advised) as you could borrow it from your colleague or friend (who probably has an Android phone).

All these points clearly imply that it’s high time Apple makes the switch, and it’s a no-brainer for us.

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