American multinational technology company Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) will discontinue its Lightning connector on its brand new upcoming iPhone 8 in favor of the industry's standard USB Type-C connector. The new charging cable expected to make an appearance at Apple's 10th-anniversary release of the iconic device in September will come with a curved iPhone that lacks a physical home button, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Apple has been changing its charging USB cables. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple first introduced the Lightning connector on September 2012 alongside the iPhone 5 as a replacement for the 30-pin dock connector. Separately, earlier this month, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple has three new wireless charging iPhones scheduled for this year. Apple confirmed to CNBC that it has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, "to be able to participate and contribute ideas to the open, collaborative development of future wireless charging standards."
Rumors of the expected features for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 are:
- OLED display
- Faster A11 processor
- Glass body
- Edge-to-edge display
- Camera and Touch ID integrated in display
- No Home button
- Wireless charging
- Three models - One OLED, two standard