The report from DigiTimes is based on "sources at analog IC vendors" which essentially means its tough to verify the claims made in the report. While earlier rumors pegged the feature to debut sooner, "Apple is still in its redesign phase" with USB-C technology and will not include it in 2018 iPhones.
Not only is USB Type-C a far more robust option than the current Lightning connector in terms of bandwidth but it will also help alleviate the woes of owning a litany of connectors and adapters that iPhone users now have to wrestle with. It's entirely plausible that Apple would switch that end from USB-A over to USB-C while leaving the Lightning port on the other end intact in order to continue reaping the benefits in accessory licensing. While nearly all Android OEMs have switched to the USB-C connector on their flagship devices, some continue to launch their budget devices with a microUSB port. The USB 3.1 standard powering most new USB-C devices offers as much as 10 Gbps in data transfer rates and is capable of providing up to 100 W of power. Given USB-C's growing popularity, moving to a third proprietary connector might be less appealing than simply adopting USB-C across more of the Apple product line. In fact, the USB-C connector is slightly bigger than Lightning and doubts have been cast on its reliability as well.
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