According to a recent Bloomberg report by known Apple tracker Mark Gurman, Apple has been internally testing iPhones that do away with the company’s distinctive Lightning charging connection in favour of USB-C. However, don’t expect to see it in this year’s iPhone range since the transition won’t take place until 2023 “at the earliest,” according to Gurman.
In layman’s terms, USB-C is a newer, speedier form of USB featuring an oval-shaped connector that, unlike prior USB variations, cannot be inserted incorrectly, which means it can be inserted either way. It’s fast becoming the norm on almost every non-Apple phone, as well as Apple’s own Mac and iPad products.
The report comes on the heels of trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s tweets this week stating that Apple will switch to USB-C in the second half of 2023, when the iPhone lineup for that year is expected to be revealed.
The shift might be a response to a recent proposal in Europe that could reshape the continent’s electronic environment. The European Union’s parliament recently agreed to standardise USB-C for all mobile devices, which Apple would have to follow if it wants to continue selling iPhones in EU nations. This legislation, according to Gurman, was “a key reason” for Apple’s decision to consider the change.
The advantages of such a move are enormous and evident to anybody who follows technology in any way. By sticking with the Lightning port for so long, Apple has effectively isolated iPhones. By switching to USB-C, you’ll be able to use the same charger for various phones, computers, video gaming controllers, tablets, and so on. USB-C is also faster at charging and transferring data than Lightning.
The sole disadvantage is that any Lightning cables (or other peripherals such as headphone adapters and car chargers) you own will be rendered unusable. According to Gurman, Apple is working on an adaptor to address this issue, although users are probably better off just obtaining a USB-C charger with their next iPhone if this happens.
Apple has also been rumoured to be working on a portless iPhone, and Gurman claims that Apple has “worked on iPhones without any charging port” in “recent years.” However, his Friday report does not indicate that a portless iPhone would be ready anytime soon.