Earlier this week a WSJ report suggested that the Apple could be getting ready to dump the Lightning connector in favor of USB-C. But it now appears that it’s not the iPhone that could be making the switch, but the cable.
According to a research note written by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and obtained by MacRumors it comes down to fast charging.
“We believe all three new iPhones launching in 2H17 will support fast charging by the adoption of Type-C Power Delivery technology (while still retaining the Lightning port).”
So the bit that could switch to USB-C is not the end that plugs into the iPhone, but the other end. This would mean that owners of Apple’s new MacBook Pro (which is equipped with four USB-C ports and nothing else) would be able to charge their new iPhone directly.
Not a MacBook Pro owner? Well you’ll either have to use the bundled charger, use a dongle, or use a separate cable.
Retaining the Lightning port also means that Apple gets to keep generating income from its lucrative MFi program.