TURNS OUT the iPhone 8 probably won't ditch Lightning in favour of USB-C, but could come with the addition of Type-C Power Delivery for faster charging.
Earlier this week, a report claimed that Apple's next iPhone(s) will feature a "USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company's original Lightning connector".
This baffling report likely hinted that Apple was planning to change the connector on its power adapters and would bundle USB-C to Lightning cables with future iPhones, but caused many to speculate that the firm could dump its proprietary port in favour of the universal standard.
We already knew that this was probably bullshit, and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has confirmed out suspicions.
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.
Elaborating on the tech, that will reportedly debut in all three iPhones set to launch this year, Kuo said: "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."
Kuo notes that while the iPhone 7S, 7S Plus and 8 will all feature the fast charging support, the OLED-equipped iPhone 8 "may have a faster charging speed thanks to a 2-cell L-shaped battery pack design."
This model, which is expected to be Apple's first $1,000 smartphone, also looks set to drop the traditional home button and replace it with a touch-enabled area on the lower part of its 5.8in display, which will reportedly feature a curved edge-to-edge OLED design similar to the screens seen on Samsung's Galaxy Edge smartphones
The so-called iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will retain the standard LCD displays, according to report. µ
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