The Wall Street Journal reports that the next iPhone, dubbed iPhone 8, will feature a USB-C port over the existing Lighting port found on iOS devices today.
The report also restates that the device will feature a large curved OLED display, replacing the current Home button with a function area.
The iPhone 8 will reportedly take the high end of Apple’s iPhone lineup in 2017. The company is also reportedly making an iterative “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus” upgrade this year that will feature the same body externally with some internal upgrades.
The WSJ says this year’s iPhone will be a ’10th Anniversary Edition’ but it remains to be seen if Apple will use this name to market the device, if at all.
Moving to USB-C would be interesting to say the very least. The life span of Lightning thus far is 5 years, and on top of this, Apple last year made the push for Lightning audio. While it would make sense to go USB-C, which means a universal charging cable for all of your Apple devices, it’d be a tough sell for those who already own an iPhone 7.
If anything, I see Apple putting a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box which makes much more sense than changing the connector once again.