Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro & Continued Lack of USB-C

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I’ve always been curious about the iPhone, flirting with the idea of trying one but then for whatever reason each renewal period opting for another Android.

The last time it was largely because an iOS update all but bricked my wife’s iPhone just before.

I’ll cut straight to the chase: I liked almost everything I saw about the new iPhone 11 Pro during the keynote. The triple lens rear camera with essentially a 4x optical zoom, low light shooting, and great-looking 4k video — all along with the HDR screen — were a real draw for me.

However, when it finally became clear in the product footage that the phone was still using the lightning port and hadn’t switched to USB-C I think all the Apple people in the room with me were more upset than I was.

Various protests broke out from all over the room, with Alex exclaiming that he didn’t think the phone deserved the designation of “Pro” if it didn’t have USB-C.

You can do a search anywhere on the web and find articles written by longtime Apple users who have been looking for a switch away from the Lightning cable for awhile to fall in line with even Apple’s other offerings.

This, to me, feels a bit like Apple clinging to its own tech as a matter of pride — as if retiring the use of the Lightning port is an admission something else is superior. And therefore a continued usage for its own sake rather than what makes sense for the user.

In other words, is there anything from the technical/connectivity standpoint that Lightning offers that USB-C does not that makes it objectively advantageous? As far as I’ve been able to discern, the answer is no.

And given that the iPad and Macbook Pro have gone USB-C, it makes the new iPhone feel a bit orphaned to continue using a port all of its brethren do not.