Apple’s iPhone 8 May Drop Lightning for a USB-C Port


According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple will drop the Lightning port currently found on various iOS devices for the upcoming iPhone 8 and replace it with a USB-C connector much like what’s found on the MacBook and new MacBook Pros. The report further confirms previous rumors of an OLED curved display, tri-device lineup, and the lack of a home button entirely.

WSJ notes that the connector will be used for “the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector.” It wouldn’t exactly surprise anyone if Apple made this change for the iPhone 8 as they’re known for changing ports on their devices (remember the 2015 MacBook?), but the Lightning port is so well-known and used widely that some may not appreciate the change and/or want to adapt. On the other hand, those with something like the MacBook will probably enjoy the addition as they’ll be able to use one cord to charge both their laptop and phone. Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see exactly what Apple does in this department come September.

We’ve never heard this rumor before, so it’s hard to say how legit it is and whether we can actually believe it. That said, it’s not coming from some small publication that may or may not be lying (I mean, the WSJ is pretty huge), so there may be some validity in this report. Nevertheless, take the information shared here with a grain of salt since we’re still at least six months away from seeing the iPhone 8’s announcement.

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