IPhone 8 Could Adopt the USB-C Interface and Ditch Lightning Altogether

The WSJ says this year's iPhone will be a "10th Anniversary Edition" but it remains to be seen if Apple will use this name to market the device, if at all.

The biggest change being suggested would be the connector. However, there's also a possibility that the change will be made not to the iPhones, but into its power adapters ditching the USB-A plug on the end of the iPhone power cable. It would be an unusual move for Apple, which has never been afraid of pushing its own connection standards, but not completely inexplicable.

According to the Wall Street Journal's report, Apple Inc.

While Apple has yet to announce the iPhone 8, a host of smartphone rivals are showing off their latest handsets at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona this week.

Moving from Lightning to USB-C wouldn't be as disruptive since many accessories now use wireless connectivity, but the move would still undoubtedly generate some bad PR. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is set to ditch lightning connectors and incorporate an industry standard USB charging cable in its next-generation iPhone.

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But not everyone is convinced that Apple will make the switch. A new iPhone 8 rumor certainly seems that way, but a source familiar with the matter has said to expect USB Type-C charging this year.

Rumors about Apple's upcoming iPhones have been surfacing over the previous year or so, of which many have been consistent across multiple reports. The "function area" is expected to be contextual just like the Touch Bar on the new MacBooks.

Other recent rumors about Apple's iPhone upgrades include a camera that can sense depth on the front of the phone, producing 3D selfies and also enabling accurate facial recognition.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in NY and producer Bryan VanGelder. It also might herald Apple adding USB-C to the iPad, and thus taking the device more in the direction of being a more fully-featured tablet computer to compete with the likes of Microsoft's Surface line.

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