It’s time to change your charging cables AGAIN! iOS leak confirms Apple is set to replace Lightning port with Android-style USB-C on the iPhone 11
- Apple’s next iPhone could ditch the Lightning port for a USB-C port
- This would make all old charging cables, a key feature since 2012, redundant
- Rumours have been circulating for that Apple is replacing the Lightning port
- A screengrab of the new recovery mode screen in iOS 13 – the next version of Apple’s iPhone software – appears to confirm this rumour
Apple could be ditching its Lightning adaptor in favour of a USB-C, making old cables redundant.
Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 11 could ditch the Lightning port, a key feature of the iPhone since 2012.
A screengrab of the new recovery mode screen in iOS 13 – the next version of Apple’s iPhone software – appears to confirm this rumour.
Rumours have been circulating for some time that Apple had plans to replace the Lightning port with an Android-style USB-C port.
Apple has already moved to the USB-C cables for its iPad Pro.
The change, if implemented, would render all current Apple chargers for iPhones useless for the upcoming model.
Apple moved away from its original 30-pin connector in 2012 when the lightning cable emerged with the release of the iPhone 4. Lightning cables are now on the verge of extinction (stock)
WHAT IS A USB-C?
The USB Type-C connector was created for use with thinner, sleeker devices, such as tablets and ultra-books.
It claims to be robust enough for laptops and slim enough for smartphones.
It was built on existing USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 technologies.
The plug is smaller than previous connectors, and more closely resembles the size of Micro USB 2.0
Crucially, it is reversible, meaning it will work whichever way it is plugged in.
In the image the Lightning cable shown in iOS 12 has clearly been replaced with a USB-C cable.
The iOS 13 download isn’t out properly just yet – it’ll release with the new iPhone in September – but fans can access an early ‘Beta’ version of it via Apple’s website.
According to the screenshot, posted on Twitter by Raphael Mouton, the familiar Lightning cable and iTunes icon that appeared on the iPhone screen in previous iOS versions isn’t there anymore.
It has now been replaced with the image of a laptop and what appears to be a USB-C cable
In earlier versions of the operating system, the cable could be seen pointing to the iTunes logo during a restore from a computer.
This has been tweaked to show a generic silhouette of a laptop, likely because syncing with a computer will be handled in the Finder, now that iTunes will be split into Music, Podcasts and Books.
USB-C is the universal standard connector for many laptops and Android phones and is currently used by the Samsung Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 2, and OnePlus 6.
The latest iPad Pro also has this new socket and Apple already sells a Lightning port to USB-C charging cable.
Apple chargers sell for roughly £20 ($25) for an official cable and replica versions are also available for far less.
Rumours have been circulating for some time that Apple had plans to replace the Lightning port with a USB-C port. Apple has already moved to the USB-C cables for its iPad Pro. It was spotted by an eagle-eyed Twitter user
According to the screenshot, posted on Twitter by Raphael Mouton, the familiar Lightning cable and iTunes icon that appeared on the iPhone screen in previous iOS versions isn’t there anymore. Here, Apple charges £19 for USB-C cables on its website
USB-C was launched in 2014 and has become the go-to cable for many emerging gadgets.
It allows these devices to charge up much faster than previous versions of USB, which could only handle a limited amount of power.
Since Apple introduced USB-C to its iPad Pro in 2018 , many Apple fans have been hoping that the next generation of iPhones will also feature the technology.
Apple moved away from its original 30-pin connector in 2012 when the lightning cable emerged with the release of the iPhone 5.
Existing docks, adaptors and other plug-in accessories will be incompatible should the change go through.
Faced with the prospect of more incompatibility issues, Twitter users have previously voiced their complaints about the purported change ahead of the Apple launch event next week.
IPHONE 8 RUMOURS
Several rumors have been circulating about the iPhone 8, and suggest the next device may have:
– Dual-lens 3D camera
– Augmented reality to generate real-time views of surroundings
– Curved glass casing
– Plastic OLED screen
– Wireless charging
– A folding element
– Removal of the home button
– New 5 inch (12.7 centimeter) and 5.8 inch (14.7 centimeter) model, which will have a wraparound OLED screen
– 5.8 inch will be designed with the Touch ID finger print sensor ‘under the glass and in the active display area’
– A new ‘pure white’ model
– Aluminium back will be replaced with two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle
– Facial recognition