According to latest reports, however, the eagerly awaited Apple handset iPhone 8 could play host to a major new feature that will ruffle a few feathers.

That’s because it’s expected the handset will see Apple ditch it’s traditional Lightning connection in favor of something brand new.

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With connection changes always hitting Apple fans hardest, such a move would see all of your iPhone-friendly Lightning connection accessories such as docks, speakers and charging stations become redundant overnight.

What’s more, with last year’s 3.5mm headphone jack bereft iPhone 7 having forced many into splashing out on new Lightning headphones, it could pose further trouble for those who enjoy annual upgrades.

Those wanting an iPhone 8 with their existing equipment then would need to buy a number of costly adaptors.

Apple has used the Lightning connector on all of its iPhone and iPad devices since 2012 when the iPhone 5 hailed the arrival of the new connector.

Previously to that, iPhones had hosted the same 30-pin connector as the iPod line-up.

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Although a contentious move at the time, the Lighting connection has become widely adopted, although highlighting the potential issues of another step change, 30-pin ports can still be seen gathering dust on older gym equipment and hotel speakers.

With the Lightning port reportedly on the chopping block, reports for the often reliable Wall Street Journal have claimed the iPhone 8 will instead play host to a USB Type C connection port.

Already a mainstay in the Android community, a USB C iPhone would see Apple usually fall in line with the rest of the industry.

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This wouldn’t be the Cupertino company’s first foray into the realms of USB C, however, with the connection port already in place on the company’s current MacBook Pro line.

As well as a more universal connection allowing cross-device accessories, a USB C based move would allow Apple to introduce new quick charge features to future iPhones.

Although Apple has yet to comment on the claims, it’s been suggested the new connection when the iPhone 8 is released this September.


Changing power port aside, past reports have suggested the handset will adopt an all new form factor, with a larger, sharper screen to be introduced alongside a glass back, inbuilt wireless charging options and improved cameras.

 

Farrukh Saeed

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