So it's not been really long since Apple moved their iPhones from pin style accessories to Lightning compatible hardware (2012) and you'd think that would be that for a while at least.

But alas, a report in the Wall Street Journal suggests that Apple is getting ready to drop the port in favor of USB-C.

Apple introduced the Lightning connector back in September 2012 (you'd say 5 years is a long time, but is it?) along with the iPhone 5 and since then it has become the standard port for all iOS devices. For the Mac though, it seems Apple is being a tad more progressive shifting away from the MagSafe and Thunderbolt to the USB-C port.

Apple pulls in money from licensing the Lightning port through its "Made for iPhone" program so a shift is a bit strange.

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But it seems like Apple will be creating a new division in its iPhone line, opening up the scope for new peripherals and apps, this could also have the potential issue of causing some chaos with a new port.


The move (if true) could be a brave one from Apple and will definitely lead to speculation that Apple wants to create a separate "iPhone Pro" line. 

We could also see Apple adding USB-C to the iPad, and thus taking the device more in the direction of being a more fully-featured tablet computer to compete with the likes of Microsoft's Surface line.

If it does turn out to be true, it will raise an interesting debate as to Apple's plans for the lightning connector, but i guess there's still time.