Analyst says all 2017 iPhones to feature Lightning ports and fast charging

Posted March 03, 2017

Apple's signature Lightning jack will no longer appear in the upcoming iPhone 8, if rumors turn out to be true. The poorly worded report made it seem like Apple was planning to replace its Lightning connector with USB-C, but reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo disagrees.

One feature of the new iPhones - fast charging - must play nicely with data transmission while the device is charging. However, as Kuo notes, while USB-C would inherently enable faster data transfer speeds than current USB-A (v3.0) via Lightning, the advancements are now insufficient for Apple to justify changing connectors, altogether - citing that the difference constitutes a "niche application" for Apple's iPhone.

We heard earlier this week that Apple might do away with its proprietary Lightning port in the iPhone 8 and instead opt for USB-C ports for charging and peripheral activities, but it sounds like this might not be the case after all.

So the bit that could switch to USB-C is not the end that plugs into the iPhone, but the other end.

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The remake could be bad news for Apple fans wallets, however, as OLED displays cost notably more than LCD products. The tech blog-o-sphere jumped to conclusions with that report and was quick to say that the iPhone 8 would ditch the Lightning port in favor of USB-C, while the other two models to be launched this year would retain the Lightning port. 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. It is to be noted, however, that the MacBooks never had a Lightning connector in the first place.

Now, that doesn't mean Apple won't give the wall adapter for the next iPhone the USB-C treatment, which means devices would ship with a USB-C-to-Lightning cord like the one the MacBook Pro uses now.

The new phone is expected to launch in September at a special event, as is traditional from Apple. Three phones are thought to be in development using 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch and 5.8-inch form factors. Instead, the iPhone 8 will adopt a touch-enabled area which is located on the chin of the smartphone.