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When will USB-C come to the iPhone?
If you’ve had an iPhone since iPhone 5, you’ll be familiar with Apple’s lightning connector. It’s been used for iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch’s and other accessories. But ever since Apple replaced their lightning connector with a USB-C connector in their iPad Pro 2018 (3rd Gen) models, rumours suggest they may be moving to USB-C for future iPhone models. So what does this mean, and will it change how we use our iPhone?
What is USB-C?
USB is everywhere – it’s the technology that allows you to charge your phone, transfer data to it from a PC, or connect a printer. If you’ve got a coffee-cup USB warmer (yep, that’s a real thing!), it’s even on that.
USB-C is the next generation of this technology, with the biggest benefit being much faster data transfer speeds. With the capability of USB-C technology you could even transfer the entire Ed Sheeran back catalogue to your phone while charging at full speed, with no slowdowns on either. In fact, you could get up to around an 80% charge in just half an hour.
Another great feature of USB-C is that the connector that plugs into your phone is reversible, like the lightning connector, so there’s no wrong way to connect it. Great for when your battery is at 1% and you don’t want to waste precious milliseconds finding the right way to connect the charger cable.
When will the iPhone use USB-C?
In 2018, rumour had it that Apple would ditch their lightning connector and start using USB-C, but 2018 came and went, and the iPhone retained the lightning connector many of us are used to.
Last year’s iPad Pro models made the switch, with the newest generation iPad coming with a USB-C cable and 18W fast-charging power adapter. It was rumoured in early 2019 that USB-C wouldn’t reach the iPhone until at least 2020, but Apple are more than capable of surprising us all, so who knows?
So, can I fast-charge my iPhone?
If you’ve got an iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max you don’t need to wait another year to fast charge. That’s so last year. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max comes with a USB-C to Lighting Cable fast charger. So this means less time to charge and more time to scroll through memes and cat videos.
But if you’ve got the iPhone 11, don’t fret – you can still fast charge.
Don’t have a iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max? Still want to fast-charge your iPhone and don’t want to wait until 2020? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at our USB-C-to-Lightning cable kits to enjoy the benefits of USB-C, even if your phone has older connections.
Which phones use USB-C?
Take a look at our list of smartphones and you’ll see many top brands now use USB-C. Most new releases, from the Google Pixel 3 to the Samsung S10, are using this tech.
Get ready for iPhone USB-C connections
We can’t say when USB-C will make its way to the iPhone – mainly because we genuinely don’t know – but there’s a good chance it will happen sooner rather than later. With the iPad Pro 2018 (3rd Gen) making the change, it seems more likely than ever that the iPhone will follow suit. It’s just a question of when.
So, keep an eye on our offers and updates and we’ll let you know if or when the iPhone switches to USB-C.