The latest iPhone 8 rumor should ease the frustration of many iOS users.
This week it was speculated that Apple was set to drop the current Lightning connector in favor of the USB format – sending some fans into an uproar.
However, the latest news about the iPhone 8 has suggested that it will keep the Lightning connector and add a USB-C Power Delivery for faster charging abilities.
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This week it was speculated that Apple was set to drop the current Lightning connector in favor of the USB format. Thee latest news about the iPhone 8 has suggested that the design will keep Lightning connector and add a USB-C Power Delivery (artist impression)
WHAT IS A USB-C?
The USB Type-C connector was created for use with thinner, sleeker devices, such as tablets and ultra-books.
It claims to be robust enough for laptops and slim enough for smartphones.
It was built on existing USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 technologies.
The plug is smaller than previous connectors, and more closely resembles the size of Micro USB 2.0
Crucially, it is reversible, meaning it will work whichever way it is plugged in.
The statement was shared by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with MacRumors, who also revealed that all of the iPhones launching this year will support fast charging, as they will be fitted with a ‘larger L-shaped battery’ – a prediction Kuo has shared before.
‘New 2H17 models may all support fast charging. We believe all three new iPhones launching in 2H17 will support fast charging by the adoption of Type-C Power Delivery technology (while still retaining the Lightning port),’ Kuo explained in a research note obtained by MacRumors.
‘A key technical challenge lies with ensuring product safety and stable data transmission during a fast charge.’
‘In order to achieve that goal, we think Apple will adopt TI’s power management and Cypress’s Power Delivery chip solutions for the new iPhone models.
‘We note the OLED version may have a faster charging speed thanks to a 2-cell L shaped battery pack design.’
However, on Tuesday, an anonymous source outraged many iOS users when they told The Wall Street Journal that the tech giant was considering ditching the connector in favor of the USB-C port in its 10th-anniversary handset.
USB-C and Lightning allow for transmitting both data and power and have no up or down facing direction like more traditional USB cables, and so can be plugged in from any direction.
On Tuesday, an anonymous source outraged many iOS users when they told The Wall Street Journal that the tech giant was considering ditching the connector in favor of the USB-C port in its 10th-anniversary handset
USB-C (pictured) and Lightning allow for transmitting both data and power and have no up or down facing direction like more traditional USB cables, and so can be plugged in from any direction
A step towards a universal connection type would be beneficial for all technology users in the long run.
But the short-term and potentially costly consequence of switching formats once more is likely to provoke the ire of some.
Following the emergence of the news, a number of users took to Twitter to vent their frustration.
User Hilde Gerhard Bürgel expressed what is likely to be a common reaction.
She said: ‘Rumors about iPhone with USB C. Really Apple?! Do we have to throw away lightning or buy expensive adapters? Again??!! I’m out.’
As of Thursday, it seems users can rest assure that Apple will most-likely not toss out the Lightning port. Sticking with the Lightning port allows Apple to keep its slightly slimmer designed
IPHONE 8 RUMOURS
Several rumors have been circulating about the iPhone 8, and suggest the next device may have:
– Dual-lens 3D camera
– Augmented reality to generate real-time views of surroundings
– Curved glass casing
– Plastic OLED screen
– Wireless charging
– A folding element
– Removal of the home button
– New 5 inch (12.7 centimeter) and 5.8 inch (14.7 centimeter) model, which will have a wraparound OLED screen
– 5.8 inch will be designed with the Touch ID finger print sensor ‘under the glass and in the active display area’
– A new ‘pure white’ model
– Aluminium back will be replaced with two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle
– Facial recognition
Another user Daniel Ensign expressed similar concerns.
He said: ‘Pretty stoked about the switch to OLED but why the switch to USB C. Apple just made us get new headphones.’
But not everyone is convinced that Apple will make the switch.
John Christensen said: ‘So the next iPhone redesign is gonna have USB C instead of lighting? I’m gonna call bull****.’
As of Thursday, it seems users can rest assure that Apple will most-likely not toss out the Lightning port.
Kuo also shared with MacRumors that sticking with the Lightning port allows Apple to keep its slightly slimmer designed – compared to if they would have replaced it with a USB-C port.
He also suggested that Apple will take this route to ‘sustain MFI program licensing income from Lightning accessories and because he believes USB-C’s high-speed data transmissions is ‘still in niche application’ for iPhone’, reports Joe Rossignol with MacRumors.
Earlier this month Kuo also made a prediction that Apple is planning to pack a larger battery inside its highly-anticipated iPhone 8.
A 2,700 mAh battery is set to be used in the 4.7-inch handset – putting the battery capacity on par with the firm’s current iPhone 7 Plus.
By keeping the Lightning connector and adding a USB-C Power Delivery, the iPhone 8 will be designing with faster charging abilities
COULD THE IPHONE 8 HAVE A LARGER BATTERY?
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has revealed to 9to5Mac that Apple plans to put a larger battery in the 4.7-inch iPhone 8.
Kuo explained that it will be designed with a 2,700 mAh battery – putting its battery capacity on par with the iPhone 7 Plus.
The iPhones launching this year will support fast charging, as they will be fitted with a ‘larger L-shaped battery’ (middle)
Will use a ‘substrate-like PCB mainboard’, which will allow the firm to implement an OLED display in the flagship handset.
The new components are believed to be much more expensive in anything used in an iPhone before, which could increase manufacturing costs by 80 percent.
However, it was revealed last week that iOS users should expect to pay a hefty price tag for their next iPhone.
The report said that the new lower end handsets, which could be called the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, will use a new ‘stacked’ motherboard, which is smaller – leaving more room for a battery.
This will ‘make it comparable to their iPhone 7 and 7 Plus counterparts,’ reports 9to5Mac.
Thanks to stacked SLP, we expect the OLED iPhone to have similar dimensions to a 4.7′ TFT-LCD iPhone, and have comparable battery capacity (equipped with around 2,700 mAh L-shaped 2-cell battery pack) to a 5.5′ TFT-LCD iPhone.’
‘The battery life of the OLED iPhone could be better than that of the 5.5′ TFT-LCD model as OLED panels are more energy-efficient than their TFT-LCD counterparts.’