2019 iPhone Models Will Still Have Lightning Ports Instead Of USB-C: Report


A new report says that Apple will not use USB-C ports on its 2019 iPhones. Instead, it's going to stick with Lightning.

Up until now, rumors regarding the design of the upcoming models have been scarce at best, but their connectors have been the talk of the town.

Lightning Over USB-C

The report comes from Japanese website Macotakara via 9to5Mac, and it claims that the next iPhone lineup will continue using Lightning ports, as mentioned earlier.

This doesn't quite align with previous rumors that say Apple is working on an iPhone with a USB-C port — which, interestingly, could come with a rear triple-camera setup.

Same Old, Same Old

Macotakara also says that the new iPhones will still be bundled with a 5W USB-A charger and a matching USB-A to Lightning adapter, as well as the usual Lightning EarPods. It explains that these measures could be in a bid to keep production costs down.

As for what this means for users, they might have to buy a USB-C to Lightning cable and a USB-C Power Delivery-capable charger if they want fast-charging — that is, if the report turns out to be true.

What's odd here is that fast-charging support has been available since the iPhone 8, which launched in 2017, but Apple has never thrown in a compatible charger so that users can take advantage of the feature from the get-go. That's despite the ever-increasing starting price points of its products, which have gone beyond $1,000 in some cases.

Now it's also worth mentioning that Macotakara predicted that the 2018 iPad Pro would be equipped with a USB-C connector instead of Lightning. If nothing else, it means that the website has a good track record when it comes to this kind of things. However, it's recommended to take this report with a grain of salt, as nothing's ever official until Apple itself announces or unveils anything.

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