Apple is slated to introduce radical changes to its next-generation iPhone, but the latest rumor will confuzzle even the wildest fan boys and girls. The Wall Street Journal reports Apple could abandon its proprietary Lightning port in favor of the industry-standard USB-C.
“Apple would introduce other updates including a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector,” the Journal said.
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While the Big A has already adopted the technology on its latest MacBook Pro lineup, the move towards USB Type-C would be quite uncharacteristic given that the electronics giant has practically built an entire industry around its Lightning port.
The smartphone industry is increasingly relying on USB-C for syncing and charging, but Apple has so far avoided the switch. Assuming the manufacturer goes all-in with the technology, it could leverage the USB-C connectivity to improve its overall ecosystem, and support between the MacBook and the iPhone
The Verge remarks that in light of Apple’s new Ultra Accessory Connector it seems highly unlikely the company will be scrapping the Lightning connector just yet – so take this report with a grain of salt.