iPhone 8 to Use Lighting Connector With USB-C Fast Charging: KGI

There has been a bit of confusion going around as to whether or not new iPhones released this year will feature Lightning ports. Now, Ming-Chi Kuo, a respected analyst at KGI Securities, is claiming the Lightning port is staying but with a new feature, reads a new report from MacRumors.

Kuo claims that rather than changing the charging port on the iPhone itself, Apple would be modifying the charging cable included with the phone. So, the iPhone will still feature a Lightning port, but the other end of the cable will be USB-C, allowing the cable to take advantage of the faster charging spec available with the latter.

According to Kuo, all of the new iPhones released this year will feature “Type-C Power Delivery” technology as well as borrowed power management from Texas Instruments and power delivery chips from Cypress. Additionally, the flagship iPhone 8 could offer even faster charging by using a new “2-cell L-shaped battery pack design.”

Additionally, Kuo mentioned 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 said this might not be a priority for Apple because transferring files via a cable is a “niche application” these days as most people sync data through the cloud.

In terms of other rumours, the premium phone will likely have a 5.8-inch OLED display, which will be slightly bigger than the 5.5-inch display iPhone 7 Plus and the 4.7-inch iPhone 7.

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  • Lakh Jhajj

    Totally make sense. There is no way Apple will kill the lightning port and Made for iPhone protocol anytime soon. By changing the other side of lightning cable to USB-c from USB-a , Apple can easily make iPhone compatible with the new MacBooks and all future iMacs cause they will have USBc ports as well.

    In a perfect world Apple will adopt USB-C for iPhones and iPads but we don’t live in a perfect world so it ain’t gonna happen. Made for iPhone is a big business for Apple.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Apple has changed from “customer-first and the money will follow” to “gimme your money”. It’s OBVIOUSLY better for the customer to be able to buy any USB-C cable from anywhere so they can plug any end of any of their cables to any of their iPhones or macs. It used to be about the little details that made life easier. Now it’s not.

  • FragilityG4

    The only time something like that has happened was on the original iPod when it had FireWire …

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    True, but the way I see it is that up until now, Apple had the best connectors and so it was GOOD for Apple customers to use them. When FireWire was the best connector for the consumer, they chose FireWire. Now that USB-C is better than lightning, Apple is not choosing what is best for the customer.

  • FragilityG4

    FireWire was not better for the consumer. USB-A was far more widespread but FireWire clearly was much faster. Is USB C the best option for their customers now? I would say no as USB A is still the standard right now. I personally like lightning because it isn’t as fragile as micro USB but remains small so it’s not as intrusive as the 30 pin.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Hmmm, your user name suggests you know a thing or two about fragility so I’d better be careful here 🙂 But I find lightning has two design flaws I haven’t seen in other connectors: my iPhone lightning port accumulates lint faster than a hairy bellybutton. After a while certain lightning cables will start to get flakey and eventually stop working. At first I thought it was because my cables were breaking – but it turns out that if you get a toothpick and clean out your port – everything starts working again. Same thing happens to my wife’s phone and googling the issue shows lots of people have this problem.

    The other problem is arcing. Check out the tips of some of your lightning cables – notice that one of the pins is a different colour? Well, they don’t come that way – it’s getting fried from sparks and will eventually stop working. A design that is causing arcing is not a good design.

  • FragilityG4

    I will agree with the lint problem as I’ve had to clean mine out a few times. But I haven’t noticed the arching. I’ll have to take a closer look but I’ve had lightning since it’s inception and none of my cables have stopped working.

  • aOsTECH

    please list how many times Apple has changed their cable standards (since 30pin). then please list a competing companies changes. aaaand go: