Apple dropping lightning for a USB-C port is a smart idea

Photo: Reuters

Apple likes to rip the band-aid off cleanly.

No half measures, just a sharp and briefly painful leap to the next thing.

That's how it was with the dearly departed 3.5 mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and that's probably how it will be for the iPhone's lightning port, which, if the rumours are true, will soon be replaced with a single USB-C port on the eagerly anticipated iPhone 8 (or X).

I know this concerns iPhone fans:

Apple is moving too fast.

Now I need even more dongles.

Curse you, Apple!

I, on the other hand, think it's a brilliant idea, and not just because I predicted it.

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USB-C is in most ways a better technology than Apple's Lightning port.

It's a standard.

It can transmit data more quickly.

USB-C is rated for up to 10 gigabits per second data transfer.

Apple's current iPhone 7 lightning port may have transfer speeds up to 480 megabits per second. (Apple does not currently make this information public, but that is the rated speed for a lightning port, which is basically USB 3.0.) Not bad, but when faster is just a port swap away …

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USB-C can charge faster, supporting up to 100 watts.

If Apple puts a USB-C port on the iPhone 8, it might also finally swap out its 5 watt chargers for something beefier.

More watts will mean much faster charging.

Dragged into a new ecosystem

Leaving aside the technology improvements, there's another reason to make the change: Switching to USB-C will bring the iPhone in line with at least some of Apple's other, newer products.

The Cupertino hardware giant now has two USB-C-only MacBook lines, the eponymous ultralight MacBook and its series of MacBook Pros, including the nifty Touch Bar edition.

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