How Is Lightning Better Than USB Type-C

Apple has introduced USB Type-C in the iPad Pro and added a connector to the new fast charging adapter, but is in no hurry to install it in the iPhone, betting on the time-tested Lightning. It seems like it’s time to say goodbye to it, because a really serious competitor from USB has emerged that seems to be capable of more. Is it so? What is the difference between these interfaces? Which one is more reliable and better? Why don’t iPhone users like Lightning? We have gathered the necessary information together.

The differences between Lightning and USB Type-C


What is Lightning

Apple introduced Lightning in 2012, and since then there has been much speculation that it’s time to retire it. Despite being compact and easy to use, there are a number of drawbacks. One of them is related to the fact that Lightning is a closed standard of Apple and all the characteristics and rights to this brand belong to it. It is for this reason that such accessories are much more expensive than the notorious USB, including Type-C.

Which is better? Both connectors have their pluses

There is one important reason for this, three letters to be exact: MFi (Made For iPhone/iPad). This is a certification program that has been around since the beginning of the decade before last. This certification implies that the accessory manufacturer must meet special conditions related to the reliability of the product. If everything is fine, then the manufacturer can use the logo on the products, and the buyer gets a more or less quality product that is tested and safe for the smartphone. The main trick of certification is that there is a chip inside the charging cable, which controls the process and keeps the device from overheating. If there is no chip, or it does not work properly, then the notice “This accessory is not supported” appears.

So when buying a new accessory, don’t skimp on the more expensive one with the MFi logo.

Which is better: Lightning or Type-C?

Both connectors are symmetrical: thanks to their design, there is no difference in how you insert the cable into the jack. Which is safer? Lightning is a one-piece plug that wears out slowly. The lack of a notch (like USB Type-C) makes it less prone to wear and tear. In favor of the new Type-C is the fact that it is much more popular than the Apple connector – more chances to find such a cable for Android than “iPhone charger”. Don’t forget about the data transfer speed: with Type-C it can reach 10 Gbps.

As practice shows, the connector from Apple is much more reliable

Which is better? Both standards have their pluses, but the future is in USB Type-C – this connector is faster and more efficient, it is more versatile and designed to last for many years. You’ll see, it will be implemented not only in smartphones and smart speakers, but in other smart gadgets as well – the capabilities of Type-C are incredibly great. The problem is that Apple is unlikely to give up their brainchild, because controlling the certification of Type-C cables will become much more problematic.

Why they don’t like Lightning

Not only haters dislike Apple’s proprietary connector, but also their own fans, who like to hold a friendly fire. Most Lightning cables in use are still equipped with USB 2.0 and transfer data at slow speeds. This is woefully inadequate in 2021. The only way out is to buy a new iPhone with USB 2.0 replaced with Type-C, but the option is not the most budget-friendly to say the least. Speaking of price: branded chargers are not cheap, unlike USB. About this has already been written above, but this claim – a stick with two ends. On the one hand, users are protected from scrap metal with their penny chargers. On the other hand, it is at our expense. Is it good or bad? Share your opinion in our Telegram-chat.

Apple has its own interpretation of “fast” charging

Users are also unhappy with the lack of truly fast charging. Android smartphones have been breaking records for a long time, but the iPhone has to make do with what is available. The whole problem lies in the limitations of Lightning, which USB Type-C does not have. All in all, if not Apple, then who should stop this hassle with connectors, which stretches back to the very origins of the existence of smartphones. Yes, it will hit the company’s revenue, but it is unlikely to cause irreparable damage – I doubt that Apple’s signature Type-C cables will stop being in demand.

Giving up

Lightning is a bold decision, Apple style. It’s hard to believe, but it has to happen at some point. On the other hand, at this point, the proprietary connector is much more reliable than Type-C. It is clear that it is the future and has more pros than cons. If you refuse from the Lightning, the company will lose some money, but it will greatly expand the ecosystem, on which it has been working hard in recent years. It’s a case where you need to take a step back and then take two steps forward.