A new graphical asset discovered in iOS 13 beta 3 points to Apple working on a new feature that will allow users to set up a new iPhone and transfer data from an old device over a wired connection.
The setup app currently allows one to set up their iPhone and import data from their old one over Wi-Fi, iTunes, or from their iCloud account. The new asset found in iOS 13 beta 3 points to Apple adding a new method to the setup app in which the transfer process works over a wired connection.
Android devices already offer the ability to import data from older Android smartphones and iPhones over a wired connection. Compared to using Wi-Fi, using a wired connection is reliable and faster, especially when one’s old device has a lot of data. However, one must have access to the right type of wire as well.
I’m curious about that asset found on iOS 13… it’s used (or at least should be) on the setup process. A faster way to transfer data from a device to other without iTunes or iCloud? I didn’t restored my iPhone to install iOS 13, so I don't know if this is already in use. pic.twitter.com/AjFoNTBbKl
— Filipe Espósito (@filipekids) July 3, 2019
Having such a feature in iOS 13 would make a lot of sense if Apple plans on switching to USB-C and dump the Lightning connector on its 2019 iPhones. This is because while USB-C to Lightning cables are available in the market, there is no such protocol in which you get a wire with Lightning connectors at both ends.
Perhaps this feature hints at Apple ditching the Lightning connector on its 2019 iPhone 11 lineup and switching to USB-C. Or perhaps the company will launch a Lightning-to-Lightning wire alongside its 2019 iPhones later this year. What do you think?