Rene Ritchie

iPhone 12 — Why No USB-C?

May 23, 2020

Will the upcoming iPhone 12 finally, finally see Apple ditch the Lightning connector like it’s a headphone jack and go all-in on USB-C? Apple started switching the Mac over with the 12-inch MacBook in 2015. They only gave it one port but… but… that one port was glorious USB-C, the way nature and nerds intended. Then, the very next year, in 2016, Apple switched the entire MacBook Pro lineup to USB-C as well. The entire lineup. But left the iPhone on Lightning. And… how could they? How could they have the Mac and iPhone on different connectors? Who cares if it’d had been that way since the 30-pin Dock connector killed Firewire on the iPod in ought 3. We needed, nay… we demanded a better, brighter future. In 2017, the iPhone X came with an all new, all modern design, the perfect opportunity for an even more modern connector to go with it. But… no. In 2018, the iPad Pro switched to USB-C. So what if it was meant to be a laptop alternative, we wanted that same alternative for the iPhone as well. But… still no. Then, in 2019, the iPhone itself went Pro, blessED Pro, which, like the MacBook Pro and iPad Pro just had to mean USB-C Pro, no? Well, turns out, No. Still No… Biggest troll of the decade — no. So, now… now… on the eve of the iPhone 12 and potentially the next big redesign, dare we nerds hope, dare we nerds dream, that Apple will finally, finally ditch Lightning for USB-C? Well, it's complicated... This is #iPhone12 and USB-C! SPONSOR: Brilliant Go to brilliant.org/reneritchie and sign up for free. The first 200 of you who go to this link will get 20% your annual Brilliant subscription. SUBSCRIBE: YouTube SPECIAL THANKS: Patreon Patreon supporters help make these videos possible. Get access to exclusive Discord, previews, and the opportunity to see your name in the credits!   REFERENCES: Kuo: Apple to Launch 'Completely Wireless' iPhone Without Lightning Connector and 'iPhone SE 2 Plus' With Touch ID Power Button in 2021 - MacRumors Google engineer takes on subpar USB Type-C cables | Engadget Google engineer fries Pixel testing USB Type-C cable | Engadget   MORE: Nebula Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneritchie Instagram: https://instagram.com/reneritchie Web

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