KGI: iPhone 8 To Have Lightning Port With USB-C Fast Charging

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Over the past few days, the Wall Street Journal reported a rumor that the next iPhone 8 or the special version that will accompany the next 7s and 7s Plus on the market, should be provided with a curved OLED display that is very similar to that Understanding Edge variants of Samsung’s top range. Along with this rumor, which we have talked about here, there was also a reference to the alleged abandonment of the door Lightning in favor of a standard USB connector Type C, which we have not spoken.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI and great connoisseur of the Apple world, denies the latest rumor of the Wall Street Journal he says that the iPhone 8 will not have any USB-C connector, and will continue to have the classic Lightning port.

Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the most respected technical analysts in the world, since it rarely wrong forecasts of future Apple products. This time, his speech denies a rumor published by the Wall Street Journal and confirms that the iPhone 8 will continue to be the Lightning port. The analyst confirms the launch of three new iPhone, one with a new design and OLED screen. The three devices will also enjoy the fast charging, adding new components that will manage the power of the iPhone.

To enable fast charging, Apple will use components produced by Texas Instruments and Cypress, along with a new design “2-cell L” for the battery. Kuo not confirm or deny the presence of fast charging on iPhone 8.

The analyst explains that the higher data transfer rate of the USB-C port does not justify the replacement of the Lightning port. Indeed, Apple has two reasons to maintain this connection: continue to receive royalties from the ecosystem of the MFi accessories, and have a component less often than the USB-C connector.

Kuo, in fact, makes it clear that the reference to the Type-C standard is exclusively linked to the support to the standard USB Type-C Power Delivery, in order to support the rapid charging specifications enclosed in this set of specifications. They do not therefore adoption of a Type-C connector on the next iPhone, which should continue to keep the door Lightning format, but an integration, from Apple, the specific Power Delivery within its proprietary connector . All this is to be considered an addition with respect to the possible presence of a built-in wireless charging system.

Kuo’s note:

New 2H17 models may all support fast charging. 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). A key technical challenge lies with ensuring product safety and stable data transmission during a fast charge.

In order to achieve that goal, we think Apple will adopt TI’s power management and Cypress’s Power Delivery chip solutions for the new iPhone models. We note the OLED version may have a faster charging speed thanks to a 2-cell L shaped battery pack design.

In any case, the Type-C connector may still be present in the cable included in each room, at least in one of the two ends of the same. Apple, in fact, could decide to abandon the traditional USB connector present on its standard cable Lightning, opting for a new Lightning-Type-C cable that allows users MacBook and MacBook Pro, connecting the new iPhone directly . The latter seems to be a move more in line with Apple, although we are sure that, if confirmed, will cause enough noise.

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