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Apple ‘unlikely’ to launch iPhone 6 with reversible USB cable

The rumoured redesigned Apple charging cable will not launch with the iPhone 6 handset next week, according to one high profile analyst.

In a note to investors Ming-Chi Kuo said speculation suggesting the firm will introduce a fully reversible USB to Lightning cable alongside its next-generation handsets was “off the mark.”

In the last couple of weeks, leaked photos allegedly showing the new cable with a reversible ‘Type A’ USB connector appeared online, while Apple also published a patent explaining how the technology would work.

However, in a copy of the note obtained by AppleInsider Kuo wrote: “We don’t expect the USB power adapter and Lightning cable for iPhone 6 to have significant design changes.”

The analyst also claimed Apple had considered the “cost concerns and limited improvements to overall user experience that such changes would bring” before deciding not to release such a peripheral.

If that turns out to be the case, it is plausible the leaked photos may have showed models from third-party manufacturers or perhaps even a prototype Apple intends not to release at this stage.

Observations from those in the analyst community can generally be taken with a pinch of salt, but now and again there is value to be had. 

It won’t be long until we find out Apple’s intentions for sure, when the new iPhones land during its September 9 event.

Read more: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5S: What to expect

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