At the beginning of this week, KGI made some claims in the Wall Street Journal that the new iPhone 8 would replace the Lightning charging system with a USB-C port. Ming Chi Kuo of KGI then refuted the rumors and clarified that this would not be the case.
Many might be disappointed, but Apple will not replace Lightning on the new Apple products that will be coming in 2017 with a USB-C port. What they are going to do instead is offer a change of the internal components that will guarantee faster charging.
9to5 Mac revealed that Apple would change their existent technologies that deal with power management. Thus, they will add some faster charging features to the new iPhone 8. These features will bring the advantages of a USB-C port without actually having to change the existent charging connector.
Unfortunately for those who expected a universal charging method to be available for iPhone 8, it appears that Apple are not willing to give up their trademark Lightning port.
The new internal components will be supplied by Texas Instruments and Cypress. One of these new components is a 2-cell battery in the shape of an L that will provide the faster charging. This item will be available on iPhone 8.
Previous rumors indicated that iPhone 8 might come equipped with a wireless charging technology. However, it is not clear if these new components and technologies for faster charging actually include the wireless option.
Although it has been proved that charging through a USB-C port allows for a faster transfer of data than the maximum charging speed that can be achieved by Lightning, Apple declared themselves not convinced to switch their landmark charging port for a universal one. Also, they are not sure how such a port would work on an iPad.
Thus, all rumors that Apple will switch to the universal USB port Type C in favor of Lightning have now been proven untrue. Many iPhone users would have welcomed such a change, but it could have come at a greater cost.
Most Apple computer still use a USB port of Type A, so a USB Type C on an iPhone 8 would mean that the users would not be able to connect their phones to their Macbooks.
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