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Apple reportedly testing new iPhones with a USB-C port

Oct 26, 2017
4,193
Good time to switch over as there are finally finalized standards for audio and video over USB-3/C.

I just hope wired CarPlay is still compatible with existing vehicles.
 

Crazymoogle

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Oct 25, 2017
412
Asia
Thank god. USB-C is the connector of the (immediate) future.
I doubt it's going to be immediate for most users. Non-pro iPad and whatever the XR successor is still seem to be on-track for Lightning this year, and even at the high end this report isn't sure of USB-C. The push for USB-C is still very vague; my bet is that they want an iPhone Pro (so, XS2, USBC) to go with the iPad Pro line, but everything else stays Lightning until they gradually phase them out.

Very interested to see if Apple has a gallium charger in the works, though; the iPad Pro charger is not big but it also is not small, and sadly doesn't use the slotted pin adapter.
 
Oct 25, 2017
5,047
New York
Good. MicroUSB was hot garbage but USB-C is damn good. I support this change.

After switching to lightning folks would whine too much if Apple switched to USB-C so soon. But now? Yea, time is right.


What's the problem with Micro USB? Please ellaborate. I actually haven't had any issues across a bunch of devices and cords, outside of cords fraying eventually (which has also happened with Lightning cables)
1) It's not reversable so it can only be plugged in one way.
2) micro usb ports wear out quick as shit.
3) plug wears out quick as shit.

As bad as lightning cable fraying is the connector and ports themselves are 100% solid. USBC is solid and I welcome it.
 
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Oct 26, 2017
4,239
California
Will they make shitty quality USB c cables as well?
Its expensive as hell but they make, as far as I can find, the only fully-featured USB-C cable. Thunderbolt 3 at 40Gbps, USB 3.1 at 10 Gbps, DisplayPort with HBR3, 100W USB-PD. Other cables I’ve found are either missing one piece of that (usually the 100W charging) or compromise on the speed in some way to get the cable longer.

No excuse for their charge cable that comes with iPad Pros/MacBooks being USB 2 however.
 
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Oct 27, 2017
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USB-C is the way to go. I'm glad Apple recognizes this will implement on future iPhones. The biggest flaw with the existing LC is that the copper conductors are exposed.
 
Oct 28, 2017
4,242
texas
I love how sturdy the lightning connection is but I would welcome the change to USB C.
Tired of multiples of cables.

Mine still works fine. It's just loose. And the port is also super worn down.

From an aesthetic standpoint I wish they wouldn't use that white plastic for the port. It's super dirty and no amount of cleaning will ever restore it. Looks gross.
White plastic? Maybe my memory is failing, but the port is all metal.
I used my 6S for years and it did get the point where the lightning charge cable would just slip out when pulling it, or trying to lift by the cord.

Decided to clean it with a wooden toothpick and it was like new again. I would have felt safe swinging it around.
 

Jom

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Oct 25, 2017
2,505
I love how sturdy the lightning connection is but I would welcome the change to USB C.
Tired of multiples of cables.


White plastic? Maybe my memory is failing, but the port is all metal.
I used my 6S for years and it did get the point where the lightning charge cable would just slip out when pulling it, or trying to lift by the cord.

Decided to clean it with a wooden toothpick and it was like new again. I would have felt safe swinging it around.
No it's not all metal.

Like the outer-most part of the port is metal and then inside is white plastic.

Yeah I've tried toothpicks, toothpicks with a bit of paper towel on them, q-tips with some of the cotton removed so it can fit in the port, even those little brush looking flosspicks. Nothing worked. I think my port is in especially poor shape where it basically would need to be replaced if I want it looking new again.
 
Oct 27, 2017
290
SEATTLE
But Apple does that every couple of years anyway

See also: every time they change the connectors every couple of years and re release all the accessories and adapters. See also also: remove the headphone jack while launching expensive shite Bluetooth ear buds
Exactly this, its funny how alot of people commenting in this thread can't remember a few years in tech.
 
Oct 26, 2017
254
Because Apple pushed forward a non-standard cable and created an ecosystem that is going to be abandoned.
All of their cables since the iPod have been non-standard and been abandoned. I can't tell you how many hotels I see that have those iHome radios in them that are useless unless you have a 4th gen iPod or something.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Exactly this, its funny how alot of people commenting in this thread can't remember a few years in tech.
The original iPod came out in 2001, 18 years ago. In that time, they’ve transitioned to changing their portable device connector only once. So what exactly do you mean?
 
Oct 28, 2017
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yeah they changed it 6 years ago which last time I checked, isn't that long ago.
It will be 7 years when the phone is out. That’s a hell of a lot more than a “couple”. This isn’t some giant scheme to sell more peripherals. They actually make money licensing their proprietary connector.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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yeah they changed it 6 years ago which last time I checked, isn't that long ago.
New consoles come out every 7-8 years and millions have no issue spending nearly half a grand on new hardware/controllers. I think a lot of you are exaggerating the inconvenience of picking up a handful of new $5 cables to charge shit after a neary a decade of the old standard.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Right now their mac laptops and ipad pros are USB-C only. Iphones and regular ipads are lightning. And their desktop Macs are both USB-A and C. Hopefully they will eventually transition everything into USB-C so we finally have the one cable to rule them all.
 
Oct 27, 2017
2,041
I have a Macbook Pro and a Galaxy S9 through my job. I find it really daft that I can charge my phone with my Mac charger but colleagues with an iPhone can't. It just makes no sense.
 
I must admit, I do prefer USB C over Lightning purely because I have dexterity problems and USB C I find to be much less fiddly.

Although I've never broken a Lightning cable and I can be pretty forceful.
 
Nov 3, 2017
184
London
But Apple does that every couple of years anyway

See also: every time they change the connectors every couple of years and re release all the accessories and adapters. See also also: remove the headphone jack while launching expensive shite Bluetooth ear buds
They’ve changed connector once in 18 years.

‘Shite’ Bluetooth headphones that are unanimously praised.

This is such a troll post right? Some console warrior bullshit.
 
Oct 28, 2017
308
As an XS Max owner, this is bittersweet. Would love to be able to use the same cable for my Switch and phone, but I can't actually remember the last time I plugged this phone in to charge, as I've had wireless charging from day 1 with it. Not planning on upgrading my iPad for a while though, so Lightning is still required in my house!
 

FeD

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Oct 25, 2017
1,179
I mean, Apple kinda has to or else the will get the EU after them. Most companies "voluntarily" made the switch to USB-C with Apple getting a tap on the wrist from the EU last summer because they were unwilling to bow to the pressure.
 
Jun 19, 2018
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Good for them. But, it sorta says fuck you to everyone that bought an iPhone in the past few years.
You have that with every transition. I still have 9 pin connector devices.

That said I would be really surprised if this happens this year.

And the compatibility issues need to be resolved. Even the cables arent universal.
 

jts

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Oct 26, 2017
2,637
Apple is one of the biggest players in the development and promotion of USB-C. In fact, its design is exactly a more compact version of an existing Apple connector.

iPhone getting USB-C is just coming full circle.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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To be fair to Apple.

Lighting is better then Micro B

Apple is pushing hard for USB C on their macbooks

But USB C is a God when it comes to connections.
 
Oct 25, 2017
5,343
I mean, Apple kinda has to or else the will get the EU after them. Most companies "voluntarily" made the switch to USB-C with Apple getting a tap on the wrist from the EU last summer because they were unwilling to bow to the pressure.
What’s going on with EU and Apple?
 
Don't use Apple devices but I love USB C and am glad to see they might make the switch.

And even for non-Apple users, it'll be great when you can ask a friend for a charger or vice versa, and they'll have the same charger as you. Or when you want to use public charging stations.

And maybe, as others mentioned, we will get more standardization as far as how the connector is used.
 

Dingens

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Oct 26, 2017
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I wonder if this has anything to do with possible EU regulations regarding a standard charging port for mobile devices