Earlier today, a report by The Wall Street Journal claimed that Apple will unveil an OLED ‘iPhone 8’ this year with a curved display and USB-C connector. However, Barclays managing director Blayne Curtis doesn’t seem convinced, and has told MacRumors that he expects the ‘iPhone 8’ to keep its Lightning connector, while Apple will sell a separate Lightning to USB-C adapter in European countries.
The analyst believes that Apple will introduce the adapter to the European Commission’s “one mobile phone charger for all” campaign. The adapter will most likely be similar to Apple’s female-to-male Lightning to Micro-USB adapter, which allows iOS devices with a Lightning connector to charge and sync with a micro USB cable.
“Many consumers have advocated for Apple to ditch its proprietary Lightning connector in favor of USB-C, which has become a standard feature on several Android smartphones, notebooks, and other devices. Whether it is an all-out USB-C port or yet another adapter remains to be seen, but it seems that Apple might be listening”.
In the past, Apple has also sold a 30-pin Dock Connector to Micro-USB adapter in Europe to adhere to the EU policy