WSJ: iPhone 8 to replace Lightning connector with a USB-C port, feature curved OLED screen

The Wall Street Journal has outlined their current thinking on the next new iPhone from Apple, colloquially dubbed the iPhone 8. They believe that Apple will replace the Lightning connector on the bottom of the phone with a USB-C port, ditching its own propriety connector with an industry standard.

The report also reaffirms rumors of the device featuring a large OLED display, losing the Home Button in favour of a new touch screen function area.

The iPhone 8 is expected to slot in as the high-end option in Apple’s 2017 iPhone lineup, showing off a brand-new industrial design (which many reports are describing as bezel-less) as well as many new features.

KGI has reported that the device will house a 5.8 inch display and larger battery, in the same physical size as a current 4.7 inch iPhone.

However, the fancy flagship iPhone is expected to come with a price tag around $1000. Modest updates to the existing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are also expected, which will fill the typical price points.

This report is the first we’ve heard about Apple supplanting Lightning with USB-C for the new iPhone, but the Wall Street Journal’s track record with Apple accuracy means it is probably very likely to be on the cards.


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