Bloomberg: Apple is testing iPhones for release this year with USB-C port

Apple would test iPhones for release in 2019 with a USB-c port instead of Lightning. It is still unknown whether Apple will drop Lightning for USB-C this year, but the company would at least like to transfer iPhones to USB-C.

Apple released the first iOS devices with USB-C at the end of last year with the iPad Pro models. Switching the port makes iPhones compatible with many more chargers than now, Bloomberg writes, citing anonymous sources. One of the authors, Mark Gurman, is known for his reliable information on unannounced Apple products and services.

The upcoming iPhones, codenamed D82 and D83, would have the same design as the current XS and XS Max. There will also be a successor to the XR without a new design. The new iPhones have a next version of the 3d face scanner Face ID. It is unknown what the improvements are.

The successor of the XS Max has three cameras on the back, with the other versions that is still unclear. According to the description, the third camera is equipped with a wide-angle lens, with which users can take a larger angle of view. A 3D camera on the back with a time-of-flight sensor, Apple would save for the iPhones of 2020. There are already Android phones with the 3D camera, including the Asus Zenfone AR from 2017, Oppo RX17 Pro from 2018 and this year’s Huawei Honor View 20.

Apple would also be preparing the release of an iPad Pro in 2020 with the 3D camera. A new, cheaper iPad is coming this spring, according to Bloomberg. In addition, Apple is working on iOS 13 with a renewed home screen. It would be the first major change to the home screen for iPads since its release. There will also be a dark mode in iOS 13, claims the financial news agency.

There have been rumors about the upcoming iPhones and iPads for some time now. Renders recently showed what an iPhone with three cameras could look like. The American business newspaper WSJ announced that the successor to the XR will be the last iPhone with LCD.

iPad Pro with USB-C