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Apple rumored to ditch Lightning for a USB Type-C port on the iPhone 8

A report published by The Wall Street Journal claims the new iPhones to be released this year will come with a USB Type-C port instead of Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector. We have to admit that this sounds a bit shocking, as Apple has a well-established ecosystem built around the Lightning connector.

Apple has equipped its new MacBook lineup with a USB Type-C port, so it isn’t impossible to imagine the company doing the same with its new iPhones. After all, the USB Type-C port is capable of everything that the Lightning connector can, in addition to being more versatile. The two standards share reversibility as well, which is another advantage.

The latest report also confirms recent reports of a 5.8” OLED model with curved edges and no physical button on the front. As reported recently, the Touch ID button on the iPhone 8 will be replaced by a “Function Area”. Similar to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8, the iPhone 8 will boast of very slim bezels on the top and bottom, making it as compact as the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7 in terms of dimensions.

Thanks to the fancy new design and the dual-curved OLED panel, the iPhone 8 is expected to start at over $1,000 at launch, which would make it the most expensive iPhone ever. Apart from the iPhone 8, Apple will also be launching the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus models.

Via: The Verge

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