We've all seen people asking, here and elsewhere, where one can find reliable USB-C to Lightning connectors. Alas, Apple still does not allow third-parties to produce them. There have been news, though, that the licence is coming.
We've also longed for the moment when Apple, and other high-profile manufactures, would fully embrace USB-C in all it's devices - to this day, there are not that many devices, specially outside the high-end devices. For a standard that's around for a while now, and that offers so much benefit over the previous - and still used - version, it's taking a while to get broadly adopted.
And now, to add fuel to the rumor mill, there are reports that the next iPads will drop the lightning port in favour of USB-C. It kind of makes sense, from a progressive adoption standpoint. First Apple releases a notebook with the port, then licences for USB-C to Lightning for third-part manufacturers, then introduces the port in a major device - but not the company's main device. Maybe they'll throw an adapter in the box, for good measure. Maybe, 2019's iPhones will drop Lightning in favour of USB-C - let's just hope another new, better standard is not already upon us by then. MacWorld argues both in favour and against the move in this article.
I'm sure that, when and if Apple adopts USB-C in its mobile devices, it'll tout it as a great move for the whole industry, like it did when adopting 4G/LTE a year after other manufacturers. And then all those licenses to manufacture USB-C to Lightning will be obsolete...
What do you think are the chances Apple introduces USB-C in the next iPads?
- It's a sure thing
- Not on the next iPads or iPhones. Maybe in 2022, when USB-D is already a thing
- Nah, they'll stick with their stupid proprietary port until there's no more ports whatsoever and everything is wireless