In 2012, Apple switched out their choice for charging cables as part of the iPhone 5’s release. Prior versions of the iPhone utilized the 30-pin dock connector, but starting with the iPhone 5, Apple opted for the Lightning connector, also used for every new iPhone releases since that time. As an added bonus for the company, iPhones were no longer compatible with generic, non-Apple approved chargers.
But with the upcoming release of the iPhone 8, which is predicted to take place on the iconic device’s 10th anniversary, the company will likely be making yet another change to the way users are able to charge their batteries.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Apple will allegedly swap out the Lightning cable for the USB Type-C connector with this new release. This might actually be good news for many users, seeing as the USB Type-C is actually the industry standard and could allow iPhone owners to be able to charge their phones even if they don’t have their exact phone cable on their person.
But it will mean that the charging cables they use for their current devices will become obsolete. The changeover will eventually result in more versatility, though. For example, USB 3.0 cables are compatible with USB 2.0 devices; these connections will perform only at a 2.0 level, but that’s still an improvement from the current situation. As of now, if you don’t have a compatible charger with you for your specific iPhone, you’re usually out of luck.
The charging cable isn’t the only feature slated to change with the iPhone 8 release. Sources say that the new iPhone will be curved in appearance and won’t even have a physical home button, a major change for those accustomed to the now-classic iPhone design. In addition, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will be going wireless, with three new wireless charging iPhones slated for release in 2017.
But even though the iPhone 8 may look new and function a bit differently, it’s likely that it’ll still please the most die-hard Apple enthusiasts. After all, iPhone users tend to be incredibly loyal, and Apple is undoubtedly banking on their customers’ enduring faithfulness to their brand. It hasn’t let them down yet.