The iPhone could soon get rid of Lightning for USB-C


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I’m in tears, and I can’t help it. Why emotion? Because after years of stubbornly using the Lightning connector on the iPhone, there’s a new leak saying so will apple Switch to USB-C next year.

I would normally be very skeptical about such a claim, But this one comes from one of Apple’s most trusted analysts, Ming-Chi Kuo (via Mac rumors), who has a proven track record when it comes to predicting upcoming releases and features. He wrote in a tweet, citing an unspecified survey, that the iPhone arriving in the second half of 2023 – most likely the iPhone 15 – would be abandoned. Lightning connector for USB-C, a change that could boost transfer and charging speeds. However, he noted that “the final specification details are still dependent on iOS support.”

Before we give Apple too much credit, the company is currently being backed into a corner by the European Union’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, which Last month it voted to support the legislation It would force companies to adopt USB-C on all small and medium-sized devices. The rule aims to simplify things for customers and reduce e-waste.

Kuo previously said that Apple has no intention of replacing Lightning connectors with USB-C, even though the company uses the predatory standard on iPad tablets and Macs. “We believe USB-C is detrimental to the profitability of MFi’s business, and its waterproof specifications are lower than that of Lightning and MagSafe,” Kuo wrote.

It was assumed Apple would then skip the USB-C phase and go from a Lightning connector to a completely portless phone that relied on wireless charging. This way, it could expand its MagSafe accessories, drawing in revenue, while making its phone even more waterproof. Kuo did note, however, that MagSafe’s ecosystem isn’t ready for primetime and that Apple would continue to use Lightning “for the foreseeable future.”

Apple might still phase out ports altogether; if it does, there could be an awkward transition phase where iPhone owners will need to replace their Lightning chargers for USB-C, the port found on nearly every modern gadget besides the iPhone.

Not everyone will be in favor of this change, and those who have stashed Lightning cables over the years will be understandably infuriated. If it’s any consolation, iPhone owners who are invested in Apple’s ecosystem likely already own a USB-C cable.

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