APPLE could be making a major change to the charging port on future iPhone models, potentially making current power cables redundant.
A new rumour about Apple’s 2019 handsets suggests that the fruity firm will follow the lead of rival phone makers, and adopt a new USB Type-C port.
When the first iPhone launched in 2007, it featured a charging port designed from the ground up by Apple.
This was called the 30-pin dock connector, and survived on Apple handsets for years.
But in 2012, Apple introduced a new Lightning port for charging phones (from the iPhone 4 onwards), making everybody’s old charging cables useless.
Now six years on, it looks like Apple is getting ready to replace your Lightning port too.
According to tech industry site Digitimes, future Apple iPhones are “likely to support USB-C”.
The report reads: “Apple is redesigning chargers and related interface for its next-generation iPhone and iPad devices.”
It added that Apple “will likely have its 2019 series of iPhones come with USB Type-C support”, citing sources in the iPhone supply chain.
USB-C is an increasingly popular type of charging and data transfer port that was launched in the middle of 2014.
The male end of the cable is a little thicker and much wider than Apple’s Lightning cables, but they largely perform the same job.
However, while Lightning ports are exclusively used on Apple devices, USB-C ports are now very common.
Most flagship Android phones now feature USB-C ports, including the Samsung Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 2, and OnePlus 6.
And Apple has already fitted out its latest MacBook Pro models with USB-C ports, too.
The advantage of all gadgets switching to USB-C is that you’ll be able to use accessories (like headphones and charging cables) across all of your devices.
It means you could potentially charge your iPhone and MacBook up using the same cable, and plug your headphones into the same port too.
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This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumours that Apple might be messing around with your iPhone port.
Back in February, the Wall Street Journal tipped that we’d see USB-C adopted by Apple as soon as this year.
But this week’s Digitimes report seems very clear that it’ll be the 2019 models that get the upgrade.
Sadly, Apple hasn’t confirmed any details about upcoming iPhone models.
It’s expected that the company will announce a new slate of iPhones (potentially three new models) in September this year.
Apple declined to comment on this story.
Do you think Apple should change its charging port again? Let us know in the comments!–thesun.co.uk