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iPhone 8 To Ditch Lightning Port For USB-C Ports

By Ana Cordero , Mar 01, 2017 02:30 AM EST
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Apple has a history of being rather exclusive when it comes to the connectivity of its devices via ports. Last year, there was some public outrage regarding the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack. But a new report indicates that the Cupertino tech giant is changing its strategy and will offer a USB Type C port in the iPhone 8.

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple is opting out of its own standard Lightning port. Instead, the company has apparently opted for the USB Type C port. Moreover, the publication stated that it will be the main source of connection for all peripheral devices and will be used for charging as well.

Forbes countered its own report that it is questionable for Apple to leave behind its Lightning port technology. However, it also pointed out that the company is known for making rather controversial changes, such as the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as only including one shared port on the 12 inch MacBook. And if the USB Type C ports are heading to the iPhone 8, it could offer its own range of benefits.

The biggest benefit would be its ability to connect to some of Apple's newer products, particularly the MacBook and the MacBook Pro. The current setup requires adaptors for USB-C to Lightning Cable and a USB-C to USB or USV-C to digital AV multiport. The inclusion of a USB Type C port to the iPhone 8 would be a logical choice to coincide Apple's newer products.

At this point, Apple has not confirmed anything about the iPhone 8 and all news surrounding the device are still rumors. Other reports indicated that the Cupertino-based tech giant will finally adapt an OLED screen, an edge-to-edge design, an iris scanner and an IP68 rating. Al rumors are expected to be put to rest in September, when Apple is likely to announce the iPhone 8.

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