The suggestion that the iPhone 8 will come with a Lightning to USB-C connector began to circulate when analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities made the claim earlier this year, with the belief being that it would enable faster charging on the new device.
Now we have a second analyst riffing on the same idea, suggesting that a fast 10w USB-C wall charger will be included in the box to allow the iPhone 8 to charge its anticipated 2,700mAh L-shaped battery as quickly as possible.
The latest analyst to pile in is Barclays’ Blayne Curtis who believes that a 10w charging brick will provide the juice with a Lightning to USB-C cable and new USB-C Power Delivery chip used to get that juice to where it needs to go as quickly as possible.
We believe that in the iPhone 8, Apple likely includes Cypress Semiconductor’s USB-C Power Delivery chip in the phone and an additional chip within the power brick in box (likely a new 10W, which would use a more integrated solution with Cypress Power Delivery).
Curtis says that he believes the iPhone 8 will use the same CYPD2104 chip used in the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, with the Power Delivery chip built into the phone and the power brick being built by Cypress Semiconductor.
The move to a USB-C connector on one end of the charging cable would allow for a faster delivery of charge than is possible using the existing Lightning to USB-A cables that we are all so familiar with after so many iPhones and iPads shipped with them. With more power needed and faster charging requirements, the iPhone 8 could be the first time an iPhone has needed to expand beyond current charging options, with Apple’s move to USB-C may simply be inevitable. With the likes of Samsung making USB-C their primary charging connector of choice and Apple using the same connector to charge its MacBook computers for a couple of years now, it would stand to reason that the we will see more and more of the newer connector and hopefully less and less of the old USB-A.
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