Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 8 won’t come with a USB–C port and will instead continue to use the proprietary Lightning connector found in existing models.
Analyst Ming Chi Kuo has quashed reports which emerged this week from anonymous sources who told the Wall Street Journal that Apple was ditching its Lightning tech for USB–C tech.
Kuo says that Apple will keep its Lightning port, but build in ‘Type C delivery’ tech used in USB to ensure fast–charging.
Fast–charging has become a central feature of top–end new Android smartphones which come with USB–C as standard. Often it means users can get a working day’s worth of power from just half an hour’s time plugged into the mains.
Apple is expected to completely overhaul the design of its iPhone this year, offering a bezel–free device with an all–glass frame and curved display. This model, widely seen as the iPhone 8, will likely be supplemented by two iterative updates, dubbed the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.
With LG, Sony and Huawei revealing cutting edge devices at Mobile World Congress and Samsung set to reveal its Galaxy S8 later this month, the pressure is on for Apple to deliver when it reveals the iPhone 8 in autumn.