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Apple iPhone 8 to reportedly feature USB Type-C connector; here's why it would make no sense

Apple could ditch the Lightning connector in favor of the latest industry standard USB Type-C.

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As Apple is celebrating 10th anniversary of the iPhone, all eyes are now hooked on to what new products the company will introduce this year. Yes, the launch for the next iPhone may be six months away, but from what we have heard so far, Apple is likely to release three new phones – the iPhone 7s, the iPhone 7s Plus and a special edition iPhone 8. A new report sheds some light on what to expect from the new special edition iPhone 8. Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaks

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Citing sources, WSJ states that the iPhone 8 will feature a curved OLED. The report also says the Samsung has been tasked to manufacture these OLED displays. The other two smartphones – iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus — will continue using LCD displays. However, this time around, the resolution could be bumped to full HD for the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s, and QHD for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus model. Also Read - Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale top deals: iPhone SE, Poco X3 Pro and more on discount

For the iPhone 8, Apple could also drop the traditional home button to offer a distinct touch-enabled area below the main display. This corroborates the earlier report from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo. The edge-to-edge design will help the iPhone 8 to haveform factor of the 4.7-inchphone, while having a display size of5.5-inch display. The implementation could be similar to the recently unveiled LG G6 which features a 5.7-inch QHD display fitted inside a 5.2-inch panel. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus to support wireless charging: Analyst

In an earlier report, Kuo mentioned that the iPhone 8 will feature a 5.8-inch all screen display withusable area of 5.15-inch, with rest of the area dedicated for virtual buttons that could serve as a replacementto the existing Home button. He also mentioned that the front-facing camera could include 3D sensing capabilities to find location and depth of objects, in turn enabling iris recognition and facial scanning features. The iPhone 8 could reportedly cost upwards of $1,000 (approximately Rs 70,000). ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to support wireless charging via an optional accessory: Report

Now, the WSJ report also claims that Apple will replace the existing Lightning connector with a USB Type-C port on all the next iPhones. Apple will use “USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector,” the report states. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to feature larger 2,700 mAh battery: Report

Why Apple ditching Lighting connector makes no sense

Don t get your hopes too high at the moment. With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple made a bold move by ditching the legacy 3.5mm audio jack — saying it takes courage to remove the port. With the audio port now gone, users have to rely on Lightning connector based headphones or Bluetooth headphones for listening to audio. Apple has always been reluctant in adopting the industry standard port.

With the recent bold move of getting rid of analog port in favor of one digital connection that not only charges the device and serves as a data transfer medium, but also serves as a digital audio output connector. Ditching the Lighting port would be a foolish move as audio equipment manufacturers would have to scrap the headphones it made for the new iPhones.

What the WSJ report could actually mean

Soon after the report was out, The Verge had its own take, while trying to decode on what it could actually mean. The charging cable (or data cable) bundled with the iPhones and iPads have a Lighting connector (to connect with the phone) and a USB-A connector at the other end, which we connect with our laptops or travel adapters. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to feature revolutionary front camera that lets you click 3D selfies: Report

Now, if you look at the new MacBook and MacBook Pro range, Apple has ditched the USB-A ports, and has gone with the multipurpose USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3) port instead. This port can be used to charge the MacBook, transfer data, and can also be used to pass audio and video signals — to connect with a projector, monitor or a TV. However, if you own an iPhone and the new MacBook Pro, you ll need an adapter — Type C to USB-A — to be able to connect your iPhone with the new MacBook Pro.

In short, what the report could actually mean is the new peripheral data cable would come with Lightning connector on one side and Type-C on the other (which connects with the MacBook Pro without needing an adapter). The new travel adapter could also feature Type-C port, instead of the current USB-A port.

That said, with new Android smartphones made by LG, Samsung and other are moving to USB Type-C port, Apple dumping the Lightning port could be a welcome change to bring uniformity in the smartphone segment while also ending the dongle fever. But, as of now it just looks like a remote possibility, something that may never really happen.

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  • Published Date: March 1, 2017 3:55 PM IST


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