USB Type-C is very possible; however, the USB Type-C connector is larger than the lightning connector.

Lightning has eight pins.

USB Type-C has 24 pins.

Thunderbolt 3 has 20 pins.

The USB Type-C connector would be able to carry full Thunderbolt 3 and Lightning pins which would be interesting if future iPhone SoCs support Thunderbolt.

USB Type-C with USB 3.2 is the next thing we will see on phones.

Lightning is capable of carrying USB 3.0 but not 3.1 or 3.2.

Next-gen Lightning will have to be able to carry USB 3.2 which requires many more pins.

I would prefer to see Thunderbolt 3/4 on the next iPhone but I think Thunderbolt 4 should have a new connector which is like the USB Type-C but is more like the strength of the Lightning connector. The connector could be called USB Type-D.

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