It was reported earlier this week that Apple might make a significant change to its flagship smartphone this year by doing away with the proprietary Lightning connector in favor of a more conventional USB Type-C port. That report has since been contradicted multiple times even though it came from The Wall Street Journal which isn’t really known for throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks. However, according to a new report, it’s not going to be the port that will be changed. Apparently, one end of the iPhone 8’s power cord with switch to USB Type-C.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports in a fresh note to investors that all iPhones launching this year will “support fast charging by the adoption of Type-C Power Delivery technology.” This means that one end of the iPhone 8’s power cord will be USB Type-C instead of the conventional USB connector.
If this ends up happening, it’s going to be a big change nonetheless, as it would allow users to plug the new iPhone into the MacBooks that come with a USB Type-C port even though users with older Macs would still require an adapter. Another analyst is of the view that Apple is actually going to ship a Lightning to USB Type-C adapter with the iPhone 8 so that the handset can comply with Europe’s common charger initiative.
None of this has been confirmed right now so it would be best to take it all with a grain of salt. Apple isn’t due to launch the new iPhones until the fall this year.