The Apple iPhone 8: Everything We Know So Far

iPhone 8 Ditching Lightning Connector For USB-C?

In a research note obtained by MacRumours, Kuo rubbishes talk that Apple's Lightning port is on the way out, and says that Apple will instead add support for fast charging by adopting Type-C Power Delivery technology while retaining its homegrown connector.

The iPhone 8 is touted to be the most expensive phone from Apple and is reported to cost $1000. At the time, I noted the biggest difference between USB-C and Lightning is the former's ability to charge a device in minutes, not hours. However, an analyst is refuting those claims stating that all three new iPhones this year will continue using the Lightning port. This would also allow for a more seamless connection with Apple's Type-C-enabled MacBooks they've been pushing lately, saving you $20 you'd have to spend on an adapter.

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The iPhone 8 may also ditch the traditional home button per the publication's anonymous sources.

To accomplish this, Apple will be sourcing new components from Texas Instruments and Cypress. The reason is because he expects it to have "a 2-cell L shaped battery pack design". That seems the most likely scenario because Apple uses a USB-C adaptor for some of its other devices.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities isn't always right in his predictions about Apple, but he's right often enough to be taken seriously when speaking. Kuo also suggested that the larger OLED version of the next iPhone may have a faster charging speed than its smaller siblings. But that, notes Kuo, is a niche application for the iPhone, which eliminates the need for the company to persuade buyers that it's worth spending a lot more money for new cables and accessories for a technology most don't need and will never fully use. The Lightning connector was launched with the iPhone 5 in 2012. The popular rumor making the rounds is that there will be 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch and 5.8-inch iPhone.

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