Latest news reports surfaced on Apple ditching the lightning port has drawn mixed responses from its users. Reports say Apple is slapping the lightning cable for their next generation iPhones. Another report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo putting forward his belief that all three 2017 iPhone models released by Apple will ship with Lightning connectors, but with the inclusion of fast charging thanks to the adoption of Type-C Power Delivery technology. Here are the details.
To add some salt to the previous report which said that Apple will ditch Lightning for USB-C in next iPhone, Kuo’s research says that this adoption of USB-C fast charging will be at the sacrifice of a Lightning port.
According to his note, potential 2017 iPhone owners, regardless of the model chosen, do not need to worry about the removal of the Lightning port, and therefore concern themselves with needing to purchase USB-C compatible accessories.
Ditching the Lightning port sounds unlikely, which Apple believed in setting its own standards and connectivity measures. If it did the said, then this could first show up on the iPhone 8, the 10th anniversary device from the Cupertino device.
Many individuals who believed Lightning would be Apple’s connection of choice for the foreseeable have taken the opportunity to stock up on accessories conforming to this standard. With the concerned recent rumors, KGI Securities doesn’t believe that there is an immediate concern, suggesting that all of this year’s model will support fast charging via USB-C Power Delivery, but the Lightning connector will stay in place.
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). 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, it’s worth pointing out that in previous year, Apple opted forth Type-C for the 2016 MacBook, so maybe this move doesn’t look accurate, after all. But looking at the broader picture, this could be Apple’s way of warning up to its India journey, which is expected to begin with its assembling unit in Bengaluru from April this year.
If anything in the research note to be accurate, then it looks as though Apple could continue to use and adopt Lightning for iPhone and iPad for a number of reasons, mainly to keep coining in license royalties from third-party manufacturers that have already adopted Lightning via the MFi Program, as well as the fact that top-end data speeds through USB-C are still not really necessary for iPhone considering Lightning supports speeds achievable by USB 3.0.
Considering this could make sense. Android in India’s choice of mobile operating system, and for good reason. Price variations, combined with ease of use, makes it the go-grab option for buyers, and USB Type is at the forefront of it with devices costing as low as Rs 10000 now supporting the Type-C USB standard.
Lightning ports have been sort of nightmare for Apple users from day 1. The ones that Apple make never last for more than 6 months, and third-party cables don’t come cheap. It will be extremely interesting come launch time, especially considering The Wall Street Journal has reported the all above mentioned in the last 48 hours that at least one of Apple’s new iPhone models will ditch Lightning in favor of USB-C.