iPhone may soon ditch Lightning for USB-C

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I have tears in my eyes, and I can’t help it. Why emotion? Because after years of stubbornly using the Lightning connector on the iPhone, a new leak indicates that Apple will switch to USB-C next year.

I would normally be quite skeptical of such a claim, but this one comes from one of Apple’s most trusted analysts, Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), which has an impressive 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 – presumably the iPhone 15 – will ditch the Lightning connector for USB-C, a change that could improve transfer speeds. and load. He noted, however, that “final spec details are still dependent on iOS support.”

Before giving too much credit to Apple, the company is currently being cornered by the EU’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, which voted last month in favor of the legislation it would force companies to adopt USB-C on all small and medium-sized gadgets. The rule aims to make things easier for customers and reduce e-waste.

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

It was speculated that Apple would then skip the USB-C phase and move from a Lightning connector to a completely portless phone that relied on wireless charging. That way, he could expand his MagSafe accessories, bringing in revenue, while making his phone even more waterproof. Kuo noted, however, that MagSafe’s ecosystem isn’t ready for prime time and that Apple will continue to use Lightning “for the foreseeable future.”

Apple could still eliminate ports altogether; If so, there could be a tricky transition phase where iPhone owners will have to swap out their Lightning chargers for USB-C, the port found on almost all modern gadgets in addition to the iPhone.

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

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