The other day claimed the Wall Street Journal that Apple will replace the lightning connector to USB c in this year's models of the iPhone – something that attracted much attention.
Some analysts, however, considers that it is more likely that Apple chooses to replace the other end of the cord, thus the company makes a change from the USB-a to USB-c. Such a change would be more logical, especially as it would make it easier for users of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro only has connectors for USB c.
Whatever the case itself may be time to discuss the pros and cons to maintain or abolish the Lightning connector.
Therefore it would be wise to keep the lightning
Apple has often chosen to invest in proprietary solutions, ie solutions to develop themselves. Before the lightning was introduced in 2012 used a different proprietary connector, namely Dock Connector. It saw the light in 2003 and was used for a period of nine years in a wide range of different models of iPod, iPhone and iPad.
In order to manufacture products that use the proprietary connectors requires a license from Apple, something that is not given to the company at any time. The idea is to ensure that the accessories a certain quality, which labels "Made for iPhone" and "Made for iPad" testify.
If lightning is replaced with usb c it will be open to third-party manufacturers developing the accessories any time – they do not need to wait for permission from Apple. For us consumers, it had been both good and bad. On the one hand, it would open up exciting new accessories, on the other hand, it could mean more exploding chargers and the like.
Proprietary connectors is also about to control the functions. When lightning launched in 2012, it was just the contact that Apple had need, but may not necessarily be the contact accessory manufacturers had need.
Lightning connector is small and flexible and it does not matter how you turn it. The same can be said for the usb-c, but the fact is lightning, after all, is smaller in size. For Apple counts as familiar every little micrometers.
Changing contact in the iPhone entails transition costs, both for Apple and for us consumers. Nowadays there are a wide range of lightning accessories and a change would mean that we have to buy new accessories or adapters. Given that it is only five years since the last change of many consumers would probably react with anger. When the Dock Connector abolished it became widespread protests, despite the fact that in all honesty was a significantly outdated contact.
It may also be pointed out that it seems strange if Apple would abandon lightning, only a year after it launched its own lightning -headphones. In that case, it would have been better to scrap the connector while the headphone jack were removed from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.