Right now, the iPhone 7 features a 5W power adapter that supports a slower USB-A port, but Apple may be changing things up with the oft-rumored iPhone 8.
Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, by way of MacRumors, has come forward to suggest that Apple may be planning on including a faster 10W USB Type-C wall charger in the box with the iPhone 8, which is expected to arrive later this year. The power adapter, and the iPhone 8, will allegedly feature USB-C Power Delivery chips, which will be supplied by Cypress Semiconductor.
“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).”
The research note also states that they will be the same CYPD2104 chips that are featured in the 10.9-inch iPad Pro.
The other part of the news here is that if Apple is going down this route, it would mean they would be including a Lightning-to-USB-C cable in the box. Right now the iPhone 7 ends with a USB-A port, which means that it cannot be connected to the current MacBook or MacBook Pro models — because they only support USB-C ports. If anything, this would seem to lend credence to the analyst’s note, the idea that Apple would finally let iPhone owners connect their smartphone to their computer without needing a dongle.
On top of that, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities recently released a note that speculated Apple would switch to a Lightning cable with a USB-C power delivery for the 5.8-inch iPhone 8. So it appears that analyst expectation at this point is that Apple will be making the switch this year.
What do you think? We’d still have a Lighting cable, but at least we’d get USB-C support at the same time, right?