Apple 'not likely' to ship redesigned power adapter, Lightning cable with 'iPhone 6'

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in iPhone edited September 2014
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Monday poured cold water on recent rumors that Apple was preparing to migrate to a reversible version of the Lightning charge cable as well as a larger, possibly more powerful iPhone power adapter alongside its next-generation handset.


Photo via Sonny Dickson.


"We don't expect the USB power adapter and Lightning cable for iPhone 6 to have significant design changes," Kuo wrote in a Monday morning note to investors, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider. Kuo cited "cost concerns and limited improvements to overall user experience that such changes would bring" before declaring the speculation "off the mark."

Whispers of a new Lightning cable bearing a non-standard, reversible USB Type A plug at one end first surfaced in mid-August. A number of parts bearing the new design appeared online, but such a configuration -- while technically feasible -- is not sanctioned by the USB Implementers Forum, the USB standard's overseers, and was thus unlikely to come directly from Apple.




Shortly after, photos of a new U.S. power adapter bearing a larger physical design that matches the current-generation adapters for Australia appeared on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo. Similar new adapters were later seen for Europe.

It remains unclear what benefit such a change would bring, though most speculation at the time centered around an increase in power output to charge higher-capacity batteries in larger iPhones.

The rumors should be put to rest next week during Apple's Sept. 9 media event in Cupertino. AppleInsider will be in attendance and will bring live coverage of every announcement from the Flint Center.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 15
    In other news AppleInsider is still using .png files. A pity.
  • Reply 2 of 15
    Nothing screams 5.5 inch screen like same power adapter. /s
  • Reply 3 of 15
    Nothing screams 5.5 inch screen like same power adapter. /s

    What are you saying; dog ( < autocorrupt) sog is wrong¿
  • Reply 4 of 15
    philboogie wrote: »
    What are you saying; dog ( < autocorrupt) sog is wrong¿

    Or the 5.5 inch will take twice as long to charge with the standard iPhone charger. /s
  • Reply 5 of 15
    shogunshogun Posts: 362member
    Interesting how the Apple sites are oddly silent on the Hollywood stars data breach... Everyone falling into line? Makes me wonder if these are real Apple news/rumors sites or just official mouthpieces. 9 to 5 Mac has two articles on it already.
  • Reply 6 of 15
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post



    In other news AppleInsider is still using .png files. A pity.

     

    What's wrong with PNG files and what do they have to do with this story?

  • Reply 7 of 15
    shogun wrote: »
    Interesting how the Apple sites are oddly silent on the Hollywood stars data breach... Everyone falling into line? Makes me wonder if these are real Apple news/rumors sites or just official mouthpieces. 9 to 5 Mac has two articles on it already.

    Dilger is currently at work on his 50,000 word magnum opus. Let there be no doubt. /s
  • Reply 8 of 15
    shogun wrote: »
    Interesting how the Apple sites are oddly silent on the Hollywood stars data breach... Everyone falling into line? Makes me wonder if these are real Apple news/rumors sites or just official mouthpieces. 9 to 5 Mac has two articles on it already.

    This site is just incredibly slow with posting the news. Main reason to come here is to read posts from many knowledgeable people and not so much for the articles, and certainly not to get 'the latest'. The deal with the credit card companies was almost a full day posted after many other sites reported on it.

    freediverx wrote: »

    What's wrong with PNG files and what do they have to do with this story?

    Well, not the format, but the size of some of these:
    http://forums.appleinsider.com/t/182021/new-photos-purport-to-show-near-final-iphone-6-rear-shell-cover-glass/80#post_2586756
  • Reply 9 of 15
    philboogie wrote: »
    shogun wrote: »
    Interesting how the Apple sites are oddly silent on the Hollywood stars data breach... Everyone falling into line? Makes me wonder if these are real Apple news/rumors sites or just official mouthpieces. 9 to 5 Mac has two articles on it already.

    This site is just incredibly slow with posting the news. Main reason to come here is to read posts from many knowledgeable people and not so much for the articles, and certainly not to get 'the latest'. The deal with the credit card companies was almost a full day posted after many other sites reported on it.

    You need to get out more.
  • Reply 10 of 15
    Last chance, Ming, to flip flop. Sept 9 is coming, and you don't want to be caught making wrong predictions.
  • Reply 11 of 15
    How disappointing that Apple is not going to ship a product that they never announced. Just what is the world coming to? Click Here!
  • Reply 12 of 15
    Quote:


    "Interesting how the Apple sites are oddly silent on the Hollywood stars data breach... Everyone falling into line? Makes me wonder if these are real Apple news/rumors sites or just official mouthpieces. 9 to 5 Mac has two articles on it already."


     

    The data breach you speak of was not a false rumor. No need to speculate about things that have really happened.

  • Reply 13 of 15
    kent909 wrote: »
    The data breach you speak of was not a false rumor. No need to speculate about things that have really happened.

    Speaking of which, I recall the group photo taken at the Oscars... How do we know these weren't Android phones?
  • Reply 14 of 15

    A rumor about a rumor denying a rumor. Got it.

     

    I am waiting for the fourth derivative of this.

  • Reply 15 of 15
    These rumors get obsessive quickly, a rumor that is true, isn't every week, come on, Make up your mind!!!
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