The Apple iPhone 8: Will It Use USB-C or Lightning?

Apple has branched out into a number of product lines over the past few years, but there’s no denying the iPhone still reigns supreme. Few other products command our attention as much as Apple’s smartphone, now in its 10th year of existence. It looks like the Cupertino-based tech giant is preparing something extra-special for the next iPhone.
It’s been rumored for a while that the iPhone 8 would be a revolutionary product. Even before the iPhone 7 was announced, reports were coming out that the 2017 model was the one that was really going to blow everyone away. Fully wireless charging, an OLED display, a virtual fingerprint sensor, and a glass body have all been rumored as making an appearance in the next device. Here’s the latest on what we can expect.

Updated March 2, 2017
The iPhone 8 will stick with the Lightning connector, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. A previous story suggested Apple could switch to USB-C, more commonly found on Android devices, but Kuo said that the advantages would be somewhat niche. Instead, he expects to see fast charging capabilities, commonly found on competitor devices.
Updated February 28, 2017
The Wall Street Journal reports that the iPhone 8 will come in three models, two of which will use traditional LCD displays and one of which will use an OLED screen. But perhaps most interesting is the suggestion that the new phones will use USB-C instead of Lightning. The USB-C charging port is normally found on Android devices, but for the past five years Apple has used the proprietary Lightning port. Switching ports would mean iPhone users could use the same cable as their non-Apple friends, but it would also mean they couldn’t borrow cables from friends with older iPhones.
Updated February 16, 2017
Ready to 3D-scan your face? JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall claims that in the iPhone 8, a laser scanner may either work alongside or replace the fingerprint scanner to unlock your phone.
Updated February 15, 2017
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the next iPhone will have a 5.8-inch screen with a 5.15-inch main screen and a smaller area for virtual buttons. The phone itself will be a similar size to the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7, with the display reaching closer to the edges to more effectively use the device size.
Updated February 8, 2017
The 2017 iPhone is going to be expensive, according to sources speaking withFast Company. We’re talking “north of $1,000,” at least $31 more than the current most expensive iPhone, the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus. It will reportedly have a 5.8-inch OLED screen, and it could be called the “iPhone X.”
This article was originally published on March 1, 2017.
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