What if Apple ditched Lightning and went to USB-C for future iPhone/iPad/iPod devices?
There would be much groaning, but there would be a lot of upsides too:
- 1 charging cable - be it a MacBook, or any iOS device. USB-C hub for multiple devices.
- 1 power adapter when traveling (take the biggest one you have)
- 1 adapter for AV out, i.e. 1 for HDMI / DisplayPort, 1 for VGA
- 1 adapter for legacy (USB 1, 2 and 3 devices) - would double as one of the "iPad Camera adapter" cables
- 1 adapter for SD - would rid Neil Hughes of his complaint, and would double as the other "iPad Camera adapter" cable
- Future-proofing for a long time: USB 3.1 is 10Gbit/sec? Supports 5K or maybe 8K displays? 100W?
I think the upsides would greatly outweigh the downsides and the complaints. Plus, nobody could accuse Apple of using a proprietary cable again. Maybe they would make the highest quality USB-C to AV out adapters, etc. Maybe they'd become the industry standard.