Many tech giants have already made the switch to using USB-C ports in their smartphones. Not only are USB-C cables more powerful, but they are also more durable than other options on the market. So far, Apple has stuck to using its proprietary lightning port on iPhone and according to a new report, that is not going to change anytime soon.
According to a recent report, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently wrote a specs forecast for future iPhone models. As part of the forecast, Kuo wrote, “The market expects the iPhone to abandon Lightning in favor of USB-C and equip the power button with the Touch ID sensor,” he continued, “Our latest survey indicates that there is no visibility on the current schedule for the iPhone to adopt these two new specifications.”
Apple will not be migrating to USB-C for future iPhone models, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo
As for the reason, Ku believes that the impact of switching to USB-C would be detrimental to Apple’s Made for iPhone (MFi) program. He also points out that switching to USB-C would be a downgrade for iPhone since it carries a lower specification for waterproofing.
“We believe that USB-C is detrimental to the MFi business’s profitability, and its waterproof specification is lower than Lightning and MagSafe. Therefore, if the iPhone abandons Lightning in the future, it may directly adopt the portless design with MagSafe support instead of using a USB-C port.”
Additionally, since MagSafe was recently introduced with iPhone 12, it will take Apple sometime before it decides to ditch the lightning port and switch to a portless iPhone. Kuo goes on to suggest that if Apple implements the power button with the Touch ID sensor, similar to the technology used on iPad Air 4, it would significantly improve user experience.
At present, the MagSafe ecosystem is not mature enough, so the iPhone will continue to use the Lightning port in the foreseeable future. We believe that the iPhone will significantly improve the user experience if it adopts the power button with the Touch ID sensor. However, currently, there is no visibility on the timing of adopting this new specification.”
Kuo’s forecast also contains more information regarding Apple’s future iPhone lineup including the possibility that iPhone 13 will ship new hardware like smaller notch, larger battery, LPTO display, and more. An LPTO display would allow Apple to offer higher refresh rates like the rumored 120 HZ or always-on displays.