2018 iPhone X with USB-C could be a perfect match, but it's unlikely

CNET | 6/19/2018 | Patrick Holland
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Close up of Lightning (left) vs. USB-C (right) connectors.

Believe it or not, the launch of the 2012 iPhone 5 was highly controversial for two reasons. The first one -- the removal of the Google-powered Maps app with Apple Maps -- was rendered moot when a proper Google Maps app came to the phone three months later. But the sting of the second took longer to wear off: The 30-pin connector that had long been a staple of the iPod, iPad and iPhone line was summarily killed off with the surprise transition to the new Lightning connector.

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In 2012, Schiller says the iPod 30-pin connector, which launched in 2003, has served the company well for almost a decade.

Lightning had a lot going for it: It was smaller, faster and reversible. But for the owners of tens of millions of instantly obsolete accessories, it was a painful, acrimonious conversion. It took years for people and businesses -- especially hotel alarm clocks -- to transition away from the mighty 30-pin connector.

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Flash forward to 2018. With new iPhones presumed to arrive in September -- less than 90 days from now -- the iPhone rumor mill is in full swing. And the latest one is that that Apple might adopt USB-C on future iPhones. That could mean one of two things: USB-C ports could replace Lightning ports on the phone, or USB-C power cables and wall charger might be included with the next iPhone instead of USB-A ones.

To be clear: The latter is much more likely, if there's even any deviation from the status quo.

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If iPhones shipped with a Lightning-to-USB-C cable you could plug them into newer MacBooks and USB-C battery packs without the pain of using an adapter. This combo would also allow you to fast charge your phone.

Indeed, to be clear, the USB-C...
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