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KGI: All 2017 iPhones to retain Lightning ports while supporting faster charging
Contrary to controversial claims made in a recent Wall Street Journal piece alleging Apple would do the unthinkable—ditch the Lightning port on new iPhones in favor of USB-C—KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared his thoughts on the topic in the latest notes to clients, obtained by MacRumors. According to Kuo, all three iPhone models released in 2017 will retain Lightning connectors.This includes the expectedly iterative, LCD-based iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models, as well as a brand new, OLED-based iPhone 8 model with a radically changed industrial design. However, the underlying technology behind the charging may change with built-in support for USB Power Delivery that should enable a lot faster charging.To realize faster charging in upcoming iPhones, Apple will need to buy new parts: power management from Texas Instruments and power delivery chips from Cypress.KGI said Apple won't be switching from Lightning to USB-C due to ongoing royalties from MFi-certified accessory vendors. Another factor to consider: while similarly-sized and reversible, a USB-C port is still larger than its Lightning counterpart.Lastly, KGI cited a lack of clear advantages in changing the connector type. The analyst added that iPhone 8's rumored two-cell L-shaped battery pack design should charge even faster than the traditional battery packs expected in iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.Here's a relevant excerpt from Kuo's note:
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