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Apple is changing the iPhone's charging port again

The switch to a USB-C port would put the Apple product on par with others across the industry.

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TECH GIANT APPLE are said to be replacing the lightning connector on the bottom of their phones with a standardised USB-C port for the next edition of the iPhone.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the iPhone 8 will feature “a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector”.

Since the creation of the iPhone, Apple has favoured its own proprietary brand of charging port while other players in the industry largely adopted a standard USB port for most devices.

Apple kept the size of the charging port the same size until the iPhone 5, which made it much smaller and meant that devices designed to work with iPhones would no longer be compatible with the new generation of Apple products.

The new iPhone is also set to feature a curved OLED display, like the latest editions of Samsung’s Galaxy phones.

A source told the Wall Street Journal that Apple “has decided to adopt a flexible display for one model of the new iPhone coming out this year and has ordered sufficient components to enable mass production”.

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The home button could also be set to go, in favour of a distinct touch-enabled area near the bottom of the screen. It’s front facing camera is also rumoured to possess 3D video capturing capabilities.

It is expected that the 10th anniversary iPhone 8 will cost around as much as €950. Currently the iPhone 7 is available for €770.

In recent years, the Wall Street Journal’s reports on the latest iPhone features have largely proven correct, when the phones are eventually unveiled.

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