Coloring me adequately equipped with technology-based hubris so that I am not easily discouraged from a good fist fight. I can predict the future as badly as everyone in the industry.
What is coming? New iPhones. You h. Apple will prove me right. What else? Apple's famous and beloved Lightning connector and cable will be replaced by the somewhat similar and soon more popular standard USB-C.
I know what you're thinking. " If Wil is right, I have to buy new cables ." Maybe it, maybe not; but, well, yes. Why should Apple make the change to USB-C? After all, not many of us complained about the transition from the old 32-pin iPod connector to the Lightning cable, right?
USB-C connectors connected to both hosts and devices, replacing various USB-B and USB-A connectors and cables with a standard intended to be future-proof.
Future-proof? Oh, hey. Sure. As it will happen. USB-C works something like lightning when the connector is reversible, so it's easy to connect a cable to a device in the dark. Lyn only has eight pins versus 24 pins in USB-C so the latter's future security may be more advantageous; You know it in the future.
What other benefit does USB-C have? The connection can be compatible with Thunderbolt 3, already in use on Mac laptops and iMac Pro. A somewhat ubiquitous standard connector with two standards ̵
Thunderbolt is the brand name of a hardware interface standard developed by Intel (in conjunction with Apple) that enables the connection of external peripherals to a computer.  Thunderbolt 3 uses USB-C. What else can Thunderbolt 3 do for gadgets?
Using USB-C on copper cables, it can contain USB Power Delivery, allowing the ports to source or sink up to 100 watts of power.
Since Thunderbolt was co-developed by Intel and Apple, it is safe to say that no gadget manufacturers know more about the technology than our favorite iPhone manufacturer. So is it safe to say that Apple will replace Lightning with USB-C and Thunderbolt 3? Yes. But not yet. I predict that Apple will get the whole line of connected devices on to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, with the new iPad Pro models expected later this year. The latest Mac models already have USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, so expect new Mac laptops, Mac mini and future iMacs with Mac Pro to have the latest technology as well.
Maybe next year.
2019 is when I expect USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 to debut in the iPhone line. Why? It takes time to increase production to a few hundred million units a year, and Apple already has its hands full just to get Face ID for more iPhones and iPads. USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are an awesome package that will last for gadget manufacturers and users for a few more years. Well, at least until Apple Car hits the streets.
Note this date. Wilbur said, "Goodbye, Lyn; Hi, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 & # 39; come to Apple's mobile gadgets.