Apple could ditch Lightning port in favor of USB Type-C for the iPhone and iPad in 2019

Sources from analog integrated circuit (IC) vendors have pointed out at this which is in line with USB Type-C ports in Apple MacBook series.

  • Published: June 12, 2018 8:12 PM IST
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A recent report has surfaced on the Internet hinting at the fact that Apple is looking at moving towards USB Type-C port from the current Lighting Port with iPhone in 2019. According to a report by DigiTimes, the company will redesign its chargers and the related interface both on the iPhone as well as the iPad models that will be launched next year. A number of sources from analog integrated circuit (IC) vendors have pointed out at this information which is in line with the USB ports in its MacBook series.

The report adds that the adoption of USB Type-C port will get a push if Apple decides to adopt this port design. This is similar to the time when the company adopted the port for its MacBook series. One thing to note here is that this is not the first time that we have seen rumors about the company adapting Type-C port as the USB standard. Reports previously emerged that the company was initially planning to introduce the Type-C port with the 2018 iPhone and iPad models that it will launch in coming months.

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However, the company “is still in its redesign phase and will not be able to equip” Type-C port and the technology in its upcoming iPhone and iPad devices. The company is anyway expected to make the move to USB Type-C connectivity later this year and to clarify, USB Type-C connectivity is different from Type-C Port.

USB Type-C connectivity refers to the internal connectivity protocol while the Port is the external shape of the contact pins inside the port. According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple could ship a Lightning to USB Type-C cable along with a new 18W charger for fast charging. Both these decisions are huge because they will mark the end of its proprietary Lightning connector.

  • Published Date: June 12, 2018 8:12 PM IST