The Wall Street Journal is reporting that iPhone will feature a flexible screen based on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology and supplant Lightning with USB-C.

The story corroborates KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo’s claims that Apple will release three new phones this year in the form of the brand new OLED-based iPhone 8 model with refreshed industrial design and the more iterative LCD-based iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus updates.

“Apple Inc. has decided to adopt a flexible display for one model of the new iPhone coming out this year and has ordered sufficient components to enable mass production,” people familiar with the matter said.

WSJ refers to iPhone 8 as “10th Anniversary Edition”, but it’s unclear if it’ll be marketed under that moniker. The story says iPhone 8 has a “USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of Apple’s original Lightning connector”.

As you know, Apple switched from the 30-pin Dock connector to Lightning I/O for iOS devices with the release of iPhone 5 in 2012. The twelve-inch MacBook was the first Apple computer to use the new USB-C standard. 2016 MacBook Pro models dropped all legacy USB ports for USB-C, creating something of a controversy.

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I find it difficult to believe that Apple would drop its proprietary Lightning connector for a bulkier USB-C just a few short years after adopting Lightning.

Another possibility: iPhone 8 could retain Lightning and ship with a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box so that the phone could be charged from USB-C-outfitted Mac computers and wall chargers right out of the box.

It’s a far fetched rumor, that much is clear, especially with the Magic accessories, AirPods and BeatsX earphones all featuring a Lightning port for charging.

On the other hand, USB-C is becoming an industry standard across smartphones and many other devices so there’s that.

What do you guys think?

Source: The Wall Street Journal

  • Michael

    WSJ is fake news

    • George

      So is your president.

      • Michael

        “your”? dafuq? not from US

      • George

        I am, and did I stutter?

      • Dennis Ho

        Wanna-be tough guy. Michael isn’t from the U.S….in case that’s unclear to you.

  • Charlie

    Why not just ditch lightning and change it to USB-C to USB-C?

    • Rowan09

      Why?

      • Iliyan

        For one, this would allow you to charge all your devices (Anrdoids, iPhones, MacBooks) with the same cable. Would be absolutely awesome. Moreover, this also potentially means universal accessories (incl headphones).

      • Rowan09

        Why not USB A to USB C? People are moving to wireless not wired headphones.

      • Hussain Alsanona

        Because USB C both ways will be super useful, labtops, electriconics overall are getting more type C and in the near future most if not all devices will implement it because it’s the standard.

      • Rowan09

        You do know USB C is just the connector type not the tech behind it right? The newest USB standard is 3.1 and it having a USB C connector doesn’t mean you have the latest speeds which is 10 GIgabits/s.

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      I’m more concerned about the durability of the USB-C connector with that tiny internal pin. Lightning is built like a brick shithouse and I’ve never had an issue with it. On the other hand I’ve had various flavors of USB break on various devices and the common issue was always something getting in the socket and then jamming the pin when you try to plug in. I hear USB-C is decently rugged, but I’m leery.

      I also think it’s a very short road to all wireless like the Apple Watch. It doesn’t make sense to move to a new standard when they’re going to get rid of the connection entirely in 2-3 years.

  • Hunter926

    I think apple has never gave a care about industry standard, so in my opinion “standard” is irrelevant.

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      Truth be told, I don’t mistreat my cables or my objects at all. I’m not charging my iPhone while i’m playing or swinging the cable, like people’s stupid GF and then wonder why the phone dropped or the lightning cable broke loose.

      Regarding the form factor, I also fancy lightning more because it’s a “father” connector and not a mother connector. Usually in time, dirt, dust or other stuff starts to gather in a mother connector.

  • Steve Norris

    I don’t believe the USB-C rumor since it is BIGGER than lightning cable… Remember they ditched the headphone jack to make the phone thinner… Real Estate is the big take away for the iPhones….

    • stylesbeyond

      I’m sure it means a lightning to type-c cable and usb-c brick

      • ck125

        USB C is the actual charging part, not the “brick” What you are saying makes no sense.

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    Fake AF

  • Stephen Hedger

    Apple won’t use USB c ever on iPhones because they then can’t justify charging £30 for a charging. Able like they do with their lightening cables.

    • Rowan09

      It’s $19.99 here and micro USB cables costs the same price.

  • AOGV

    considering the original iPhone, 3G, 3GS, 4 & 4S used 30 pin. That’s 5 years of iPhones. it’s been 5 years since lightning was adopted. would seem like this would be the year for USB C

  • ravinigga

    I think they mean lighting to USB-C with USB charger brick(because more watt power.

    • Rowan09

      Having a USB C connector has nothing to do with more power. USB C is just the connector type.

  • ck125

    Holy fragmentation if they do go this route. Will be interesting to see what apple actually unveils.

  • Shan

    I really don’t want a curved screen like the Samsung Edge phones