Will Apple Ever Switch To USB-C In The Future?

An attendee uses a new iPhone X during a presentation for the media in Beijing (Photo: REUTERS)

We're a few short weeks away from September, which means we may have a likely date for Apple's fall event where the reveal of this year's iPhone lineup will happen. Though still considered rumors, Apple could be releasing three models of iPhones, similar to last year's trio of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Now the latest iPad Pro has switched to USB-C, prompting a lot of people to expect that the upcoming iPhones will do too. But according to a report by 9to5Mac, the iPhone 11 will all still have Lightning ports. A new Taptic Engine is also rumored that would replace the 3D Touch, which Apple has included in iPhones since the 6S.

With the iPhone XR, Apple ditched 3D Touch and instead went for a haptic touch system. This year, it appears Apple will be heading that way with the XS and XS Max. We're not sure what features the Taptic Engine will bring, but it seems the goal is to improve haptic feedback.

There are also improvements in the camera features of the upcoming iPhone. The front-facing lens will reportedly have slo-mo video capture at 120 fps. On the rear, the rumors were true after all, that the back cameras will be enclosed in a square camera bump.

There are three cameras on the rear, and one of them will reportedly be capable of handling wide-angle image captures and use a Smart Frame Feature. This feature allows users to capture the area around the initial framing so you can edit the perspective or framing later. The phone will retain that extra detail for a limited time before automatically removing it for privacy reasons.

The iPhone 11 range will have the same screen resolutions as with the previous models, which aren't really surprising since Apple will most probably use the latest A13 chip.

If all these prove to be true, then yes, keeping the Lightning port appears to be the right move. A change in the connector can be a cause of discomfort and annoyance for a lot of people. However, that doesn't Apple will stay loyal with the Lightning connector forever. After all, it did use USB-C for the new iPads, right?

We should also point out that port changes go along with dramatic changes to a product line. The iPhone 11? Yes, there will be changes, but not to the point that it will need a different port. Who knows, there could be changes next year.

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