According by Bloomberg Mark Gurman, Apple is currently testing iPhones that replace the Lightning connector with a USB-C port. Gurman’s claims that if even Apple decides to go ahead with this change, it won’t happen until 2023 at the earliest. This could suggest that the iPhone 15 It will be the first USB-C iPhone to hit stores.
USB-C iPhones could arrive in 2023
Gurman’s report comes just days after analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared similar news on Twitter. Responses to one of Kuo’s supply chain surveys led him to the conclusion that Apple plans to ditch Lightning in favor of USB-C in the iPhone due to launch in the second half of 2023. That would certainly be it. the iPhone 15.
This is far from the first time we’ve seen rumors of Apple making the switch. In fact, Apple has already adopted USB-C connectors on the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini. Apparently, it was only a matter of time before the iPhone became popular as well.
Gurman says that Apple is also working on an adapter that would allow future iPhones to connect to accessories designed for the Lightning connector. Knowing Apple, this simple adapter will probably cost more than $30 (but Gurman isn’t speculating on the price).
Gurman also points out that Apple has been working on a portless iPhone for the past few years. This would eliminate the need for charging cables, but no recent rumors or leaks seem to indicate that the portless iPhone is anywhere near ready.
Why would Apple make the change?
If Apple chooses to ditch Lightning, it will have much less control over the aftermarket. As Gurman points out in his report, Apple charges accessory makers for using the Lightning connector and also puts them through a strict approval process. All of this would probably happen if Apple were to move to USB-C, since it’s not a proprietary technology.
Of course, it’s unlikely that Apple would be considering such a significant change were it not for the fact that Europe could soon force the company to ditch Lightning. Here is a key line of legislation that the EU is currently working to pass:
Mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, portable game consoles and portable speakers, rechargeable via a cable, would have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port, regardless of the manufacturer.
Apple had argued that the law would stifle innovation “by slowing the introduction of beneficial innovations in charging standards.” That would be a more compelling argument if USB-C didn’t offer faster charging speeds and data transfers than Lightning. Making. Apple just wants to charge you an arm and a leg for a charger.
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