Apple won’t switch to USB-C for 2019 iPhones

Doris Richards
February 12, 2019

But according to Macotakara, the 2019 iPhones will feature Lightning connectors just like their predecessors. The report, which was first spotted by, also states that the next iPhone will continue to be bundled with a USB-A charger.

When Apple switched from Lightning to USB-C for the new iPad Pro, it seemed like the company was acknowledging that USB-C is the future of charging.

Despite actively testing iPhone prototypes with USB-C ports, it's suggested that Apple has chosen to stick with its proprietary port for yet another year, a decision which is seemingly tied directly with production costs and profit. By sticking with the same Lightning connector and included accessories, Apple will save money since it won't be forced to develop other accessories. It's possible Apple could have plans to finally make the jump to the increasingly universal USB-C port for its 2020 iPhones.

As things stand, Apple benefits from large economies of scale due to the fact that Lightning-related accessories for newer devices are valid for previous-generation models. The iPad Pro now includes an 18W USB-C charging brick in the box, and many had hoped that the latest iPhone would include the same.

Until then though, plugging the iPhone into one of Apple's more recently released USB-C MacBooks remains a frustrating experience that requires an additional USB-C-to-Lightning cable. But iPhone battery size has increased, which means using the same old Lightning cable with a 5W adapter takes longer to charge than in years past.

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