2019 iPhone Could Make the Switch to USB-C
There’s a ton to unpack from a Bloomberg report posted Wednesday afternoon on rumored upgrades coming to this year’s (and next year’s) Apple iPhone lineup. Among the top-line improvements, according to the publication’s sources at the company, are a new three-camera system, improved AR functionality (as a direct result of that new camera system), and a few unique tweaks to the next version of iOS. Otherwise, the phones themselves will once again not change a great deal from an aesthetics perspective.
But it’s another rumor that gets somewhat glossed over that could end up being the most important upgrade to the iPhone since the product was introduced over a decade ago. According to Bloomberg’s report, Apple is testing some versions of the next iPhone with a USB-C connector rather than the infamous Lightning port that has been around since 2012. Even if this is just a test for this year, Bloomberg’s sources said that it indicates Apple’s desire to eventually make the switch to USB-C on all iPhones.
Apple has already shown its interest in the technology by integrating it into the latest iPad Pro devices that rolled out at the end of last year, and of course the latest Macbook variants are all shipping with USB-C ports. So, moving the tech over to its iPhone line would seem to be the logical next step. The move to USB-C would mean opening the iPhone up to third-party accessories that work with other devices, including Android phones.
That’s crucial and a major win for smartphone accessory manufacturers. It means that in the very near future, they won’t have to worry about creating multiple SKUs for product simply because they want to give iPhone users the same options as their Android counterparts. Chargers, headphones, microphone attachments, and other USB-C accessories would all become compatible with the iPhone.
While I wouldn’t want to go all in and say that Apple is willing to completely shed the closed ecosystem strategy that they’ve long lived by, a move like this for the iPhone is a solid step in a more-friendly direction.