It looks like the Lightning port is all set to become the headphone jack controversy for the year 2017 when it comes to Apple’s next iPhone. Conflicting reports about the presence of the slot abound on the internet and now another has landed to offer up its take on whether or not the firm plans to replace the Lightning connector with a USB-C one.
This one comes courtesy KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to his latest research note, Apple is going to retain the Lightning connector and enhance it with USB-C Power Delivery to make fast charging a reality. The amendment is apparently going to happen for all 3 new iPhones.
Kuo also talks about the technical challenges Apple faces to shift to fast charging such as ensuring product safety and stable data transmission. He claims that the company is adopting TI’s power management and Cypress’ Power Delivery chip solutions in order to achieve this goal.
Interestingly, Kuo predicts that the OLED iPhone 8 will fuel up faster than the others since it may have a 2-cell L-shaped battery design. He’s talked about the unit before, noting that the shape makes it possible for Apple to fit a bigger 2700mAh powerhouse into the body of a 4.7-inch iPhone.
Kuo additionally presented a few arguments in favor of Apple keeping the Lightning slot. For one, he points out that the port allows for a slimmer look compared to a USB-C opening. For another, he believes that the brand would want to sustain MFi Program licensing income from Lightning accessories.
Kuo concluded his stance by stating that USB-C’s high-speed data transmission is still a niche application for iPhones. Only the 12.9-inch iPad Pro currently supports USB 3.0 speeds and fast charging thanks to a Lightning to USB-C cable. There’s a chance Apple will switch to such a cable instead of retaining the USB-A connector it currently favors for its handsets.
This would make more sense given its latest MacBook Pro laptops only feature USB-C Thunderbolt 3 slots. Moreover, getting rid of Lightning entirely will make a lot of people angry since accessories like the EarPods with Lightning Connector will be completely useless.