Apple Accidentally Leaks Radical iPhone Upgrade

From Forbes: At this point, you probably have every reason to skip the new iPhone 11 and iPhone XR2 - they don’t look good. But wait. Apple itself has now ‘accidentally’ revealed a shock new iPhone upgrade which might just change your mind.

Look closely at Apple’s first beta of iOS 13 and you will find there is a new recovery mode screen for your iPhone, and on it the Lightning cable shown in iOS 12 has been swapped for USB-C. With iPads moving to USB-C last year and MacBooks using nothing but this connector, it would be a huge boost to see iPhones make the transition to this industry standard as well. It’s a radical move too, given Apple’s exclusivity over the Lightning port and its lucrative MFi licensing program.

The change was first spotted by Apple enthusiast Raphaël Mouton, but it has been hiding in plain sight. Amusingly, Apple fan site iMore used the new recovery screen in an iOS 13 downgrade guide without noticing it.

Cynics will point out that the new iOS 13 symbol shows the USB-C cable pointing to a MacBook and claim it’s just the end of a Lightning to USB-C fast charger. That’s possible, but iOS has pointed a cable at the MacOS version of iTunes and used a Lightning cable. With iTunes now being replaced, Apple has had to update the image but the company appears to have missed the big giveaway it reveals.

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