September 10, 2018

Ming-Chi Kuo: 2018 iPad Pro to replace Lightning with USB-C

UPDATE (9/12): The new 2018 iPhones are not bundling a 18W USB-C charger. This rumor is now fair game.

Joe Rossignol from MacRumors:

Kuo expects Apple to replace Lightning with a USB-C interface on 2018 iPad Pro models, with an 18W power adapter in the box. That sure sounds like the next iPad Pro will have a USB-C port, instead of a Lightning connector, but to play devil's advocate, there's a chance he is just referring to a USB-C charger.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo:

In addition to Face ID support, we expect the new iPad Pro models' main upgrade to include replacing Lightning with a USB-C interface and bundling with a new unibody design 18W power adapter, which cancels the removable plug design…

There is almost a 0% chance that the main connector on the iPad Pro changes to USB-C, while the new iPhones stick with a Lightning port (w/ 18W USB-C charger). We know the latter is likely true, so the former probably isn't. Kuo's report is almost certainly referring to the same upcoming 18W USB-C charger for both devices.

That being said, it'd be nice for all of Apple's devices to standardize on USB-C ports eventually.