iOS 13 beta hints at USB Type-C port on 2019 iPhones

“The shift to USB Type-C will bring faster-charging speeds, data transfers, and wider accessory adaption”

Apple introduced iOS 13 at the WWDC 2019 developer conference last week. While the update added several new features and privacy-focused changes, it also includes an easter egg of sorts that confirms a long-standing rumour. The new recovery screen of an iPhone running the iOS 13 beta 1 shows the USB Type-C cable pointing to a Mac instead of the usual lighting port, as discovered by a Twitter user Raphaël Mouton. This could mean that the 2019 iPhones might finally ship with USB-C port. To remind you, the 2018 iPad Pro rocks the USB Type-C port and Apple has long been rumoured to extend the same connectivity to iPhones as well.

While the shift to USB Type-C has been rumoured for a long time, it was not expected till 2020. A move to USB Type-C brings faster-charging speeds, data transfers, and wider accessory adaption. Having said that, since Apple still earns a decent revenue from selling its lighting port accessories, it’s unlikely that the Cupertino giant would shift the entire iPhone line-up to USB-C. Instead, it could start with the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max this year and extend it to XR series at a later stage. But then again, before you get your hopes up too high, iOS 13 is still in the beta stage, so this reference could easily be removed before the stable version is rolled out. We should know more details as we move forward.

As for the 2019 iPhones, they are expected to retain the same 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch AMOLED displays, pack triple rear cameras including a standard primary lens, a 12MP secondary wide-angle lens with a 120-degree field of view, and a telephoto lens. The notch size is rumoured to be shrunk down further, thanks to the improved Face ID components. Other notable additions include reverse wireless charging support and 18W adapter within the box.

Key Specs

Apple iPhone XIR
Apple A12 Bionic | 4 GBProcessor
6.1 inches Display
12 MP + 5 MPRear camera
7 MPSelfie camera
3060 mAh Battery