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Your old cables may become useless as Apple plans switch to USB-C for iPhone 8

A new report in the Wall Street Journal says that Apple is planning to include “a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector.”

tech Updated: Mar 01, 2017 16:32 IST
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You will need new cables and accessories if Apple ditches the Lightning connector on the iPhone 8.
You will need new cables and accessories if Apple ditches the Lightning connector on the iPhone 8. (Reuters File Photo)

Apple may be ditching its proprietary lightning port infavour of a standard USB-C port for the iPhone 8.

A new report in the Wall Street Journal suggests that Apple is planning to include “a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector.”

While the crux of the WSJ report focuses on Apple using a flexible OLED screen for it’s upcoming phone, the switch to USB-C may end up having a bigger impact on users.

The USB-C port — is currently standard on most new Android phones, like the Google Pixel, Xiaomi Mi5, LG G6, OnePlus 3 among others.

The USB-C port itself is not alien to Apple. All current-gen Apple Macbooks come with the with the reversible port as standard.

Accessory makers will be the worst affected as most iPhone add-ons are dependent on the Lightning port for connectivity. A change in the connector will either make these accessories unusable or will force users buy an adapter.

This will not be the first time Apple has changed a port on the iPhone. Five years ago Apple introduced the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 which replaced the older 30-pin port. Last year Apple ditched the 3.5 mm earphone jack from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.