Although the Macbook or iPad has been equipped with USB-C port, the next generation of iPhone still cannot use this port. It’s a long Apple story that we’re going to find out why the iPhone 12 won’t use the USB Type-C standard.
In 2015, Apple started using the USB-C connection on its 12-inch Macbook. By 2016, Macbook Pro models have also switched to USB-C. Entering 2017, the newly released iPhone X model completely changed design compared to previous generations, but only, this device still retains the Lightning port.
A year later, the new generation of iPad was born with USB-C port and that also made many people wonder, whether will the next generation of iPhone will be equipped with this port?
Why does Apple choose the Lightning connection option?
Back in the past, in 2010, when Apple decided to launch the iPhone 5 with a thinner design and the old 30-pin connector would no longer fit, they needed a thinner new connector.
During that time, Apple engineers also talked a lot with Intel about the launch of a more popular new standard, USB-C. But because this is an open standard, it will take a lot of time to perfect and Apple can’t keep delaying the launch of its products. And so Lightning was born.
By September 2012, the Lightning port was ready to go to consumers, while USB-C was still lying neatly on the pages. It took more than 2 years until August 2014 for USB-C to be born and Lightning has come a long way.
USB-C is ready, but Apple is still choosing Lightning
That stems from Apple always thinking for users. A switch from the 30-pin connection to Lightning has caused a significant disturbance. Those who have purchased a lot of 30-pin connectors to use as chargers for phones, audio devices, cars, etc. are suddenly no longer compatible with the new device and Apple has never released a conversion port (Adapter) from the old standard to the new standard.
So can you accept that Apple will switch the connector from Lightning to USB-C again? Switching to a new USB-C connection cable will only be useful to some people. And for most ordinary users, less tech-savvy, they won’t easily accept this sudden change yet again.
Quality assurance is also a leading factor that Apple is interested in. They can be sure that every Lightning cable they produce works well for consumers. And USB-C is unlikely, because not only Apple, but also many other manufacturers make USB-C, and they cannot guarantee the quality of them.
The Lightning port is not a very fast transfer rate, even the voltage transmission is very, very little. Maximum of 5W on iPhone and 13W for iPad. In many cases, if the power is not enough, even causing a battery drop, that is, when you plug the device through the Lightning port, the battery will not only not charge, but will also drop.
Mac users not only encapsulated in the Apple ecosystem, but they also use many other devices from the PC world such as keyboards, mice, printers, etc. Instead of continuing to research to Lightning to Mac, Apple chose to improve more than what is available on the Mac. And so, they continue to work with Intel to research Thunderbolt and USB-C to make data speeds faster and faster.