IPhone 8 rumors: USB-C replacement for Lightning jack, curved screen speculated

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USB-C is also standardized, meaning it's not just found on Apple devices like Lightning.

Apple will not discard the Lightning connector for the USB Type-C connector on the next iPhone, according to one prominent Apple analyst on Thursday. The USB-C port is larger than the Lightning port.

Besides the USB-C, other speculated new features of the iPhone 8 include a curved screen with an OLED screen to be manufactured by Samsung, better battery life, wireless charging, and front-facing 3D sensor for facial recognition and to unlock the phone.

"We believe all three new iPhones launching in 2H17 will support fast charging by the adoption of Type-C Power Delivery technology (while still retaining the Lightning port)", says Kuo in a research note obtained by MacRumors.

We heard earlier this week that Apple might do away with its proprietary Lightning port in the iPhone 8 and instead opt for USB-C ports for charging and peripheral activities, but it sounds like this might not be the case after all.

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The new iPhone would be the first device to ditch the usual Lightning connector and incorporate a USB-C port.

What are you hoping for when the iPhone 8 rolls around? Kuo also believes the high-speed data transmission on USB-C is still only "niche" when it comes to the iPhone.

One odd bit from Kuo was that he seemed to indicate that although Apple would take advantage of the faster power delivery spec of USB-C, it may not be able to get the data transmission speed upgrade if the iPhone itself still has a Lightning jack. The company plans to regulate the iPhone 8's power delivery systems using chips from Cypress and TI.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities isn't always right in his predictions about Apple, but he's right often enough to be taken seriously when speaking.

Adopting it would allow iPhones to charge much faster, experts have suggested. Since the iPhone 5 in September 2012, Apple has released its most significant iPhones at its September event. But it now appears that it's not the iPhone that could be making the switch, but the cable.