We’ve seen plenty of rumours about the iPhone 8, from OLED display to the removal of the iconic home button, new biometric sensors, and a fancy new front camera, but the most unusual one would definitely have to be this latest rumour. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple will ditch its Lightning port and opt for USB-C on next iPhones.
This seems like a very strange rumour. After all, Apple has never been afraid to use proprietary ports. The Lightning port has been found on all iPhones since the iPhone 5 and before that, Apple was using its own 30-pin port. But it makes sense too, Apple has been using the USB-C port on its newer Mac devices including the MacBook line and 2016 MacBook Pro, and maybe they want to give a standard connectivity for its devices.
USB-C ports on the new MacBook Pro
Now, before you gather all your Lightning cables to throw, this doesn’t mean that the Cupertino company will kill of Lightning completely. It is possible that the WSJ is reporting that Apple will use USB-C on the power adapter instead of on the next iPhones. This means that the iPhone will still use Lightning, but the other end of the cable will have a USB-C port, meaning that users who buy the new iPhone will be able to charge it from their new MacBook.
The rest of the rumours given by the WSJ are in-line with the rumours we’ve seen so far. The WSJ reports that Apple will introduce three new iPhones (updates to the 2016 iPhones and a new premium option), curved screen, OLED display, removal of physical home button, and a new “function area”.