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New rumor says Apple’s iPhone 11 won’t get the major change we’re all waiting for

Published Feb 11th, 2019 10:12AM EST
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About a month ago, a rumor said that Apple might do the unthinkable with the iPhone 11 by replacing the Lightning port with a USB-C port, just like it did with the iPad Pro last year and just like the ports found on all of Apple’s MacBook laptops these days. That does sound like a great idea and the unification of Apple’s product lines something many of us have been waiting for, but a brand new report says that the iPhone 11 will stick to the same Lightning port that’s been in use since 2012.

Not only would USB-C support faster wired charging, but it would also fix the dongle issues that you might be having when it comes to connecting an iPhone to a new MacBook or just about anything else. But according to Macotakara, the 2019 iPhones will feature Lightning connectors just like their predecessors. Furthermore, these phones will pack the same 5W USB-A chargers in the box, which means you’ll still have to purchase other chargers to take advantage of the iPhone’s fast charging battery tech. All the new iPhones ship with the same slow charger despite having support for faster wired charging speeds.

Apple reportedly chose not to make any changes to the iPhone 11 when it comes to ports and default charger to cut costs. By sticking with the same Lightning connector and included accessories, Apple will save money since it won’t be forced to develop other accessories. Replacing Lightning with USB-C would also require a USB-C EarPods in the iPhone box. On top of that, given that USB-C supports much faster charging speeds, Apple would likely have to place the 18W USB-C that ships with the iPad Pro in the iPhone box as well.

On the other hand, this is just a rumor at this time. Apple will unveil the 2019 iPhones in September, which is when we’ll find out whether or not the Lightning port gets to stick around for one more year.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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