Reports from Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg over the past week claimed that Apple could switch the iPhone from Lightning to USB-C for charging as soon as next year. Now Kuo is double more on that claim and saying that Apple will also transition its other Lightning products, including the AirPods, to USB-C on a similar schedule.
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As for the reasoning behind Apple finally releasing a USB-C iPhone, Kuo explains that the company’s original goal of going completely portless probably proved too ambitious. Kuo and other sources initially reported that Apple was aiming to release an iPhone without any charging ports as early as 2021, and while it is still testing such a product, it is unlikely to release soon.
Kuo explains today that an iPhone without a port “would cause more problems due to the current limitations of wireless technologies and the immature MagSafe ecosystem.”
Along with releasing a USB-C iPhone, Kuo today reports that Apple will also release new USB-C versions of its other products that currently charge via Lightning. This includes AirPods, the Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Mouse accessories for Mac, and the MagSafe Battery Pack accessory for iPhone.
“Other Lightning port products (e.g. AirPods, Magic Keyboard/Trackpad/Mouse, MagSafe Battery) would also switch to USB-C for the foreseeable future,” Kuo says.
The 9to5Mac take
Indeed, what Kuo is reporting today is that Apple will slowly but surely begin the process of removing the Lightning connector from all of its products and accessories. When Apple SVP Phil Schiller first introduced the Lightning connector in September 2012, he explained that Lightning would be Apple’s charging standard “for the next decade”.
One possibility I wouldn’t rule out is that some Apple accessories end up moving to USB-C before the iPhone. This would help entice more people to buy USB’C charging cables and bricks ahead of the iPhone changeover in 2022.
What do you think of Apple’s plans to bring USB-C to the iPhone and other products like AirPods? Let us know in the comments!
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