USB-C is considered a better standard when compared to Apple's own Lightning cable. It is reversible like the Lightning cable, while allowing for faster charging and data transfers. The Lightning cable is still a bit more robust than USB-C. It is still slightly smaller and stress put onto the USB-C cable is more likely to damage the smartphone when compared to the stress on the Lightning cable is more likely to only harm the cord (source: android-it.com).
Apple Lightning connector was first introduced in 2012 with the iPhone 5. This makes the cable almost 7 years old. USB-C is an amazing standard the allows for much faster data transfers and faster charging. If Apple adopts the standard this year for the upcoming iPhones, we could see faster charging and faster syncing/backups too iTunes. Also, we may no longer need to carry around multiple charging cords. Instead, there would be one charging cord for your iPad, MacBook, and iPhone. We would finally be free of the hassle of carrying 2 or more cables as well of your headphones (wired) that easily get tangled up in your bag or pocket.
I could see Apple eventually adopting USB-C for their iPhones, but will it happen this year? Maybe, Apple has recently switched the iPad Pro over setting the ground to go ahead and switch. We might see Apple allow iPhones to have an external display with the need for AirPlay (haha, this is unlikely just throwing something out there).
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