Apple Expected To Drop Future iPhone Lightening Port With USB-C Next Year

Highlights:

  • Apple is apparently testing iPhones with USB Type-C ports instead of Lighting ports.
  • Apple does not intend to make the switch until at least 2023.
  • According to reports, European legislation requires Apple to include a USB-C port on all iPhones, iPads, and AirPods sold in Europe.

An iPhone user’s biggest fear is travelling without a charger. While you may be in a crowded room, not everyone will have an iPhone charger. Four out of ten persons are likely to be carrying a USB Type-C charger. However, as an iPhone user, that would be useless because your iPhone has a Lightning port rather than a USB Type-C port. And that is exactly where you wish your iPhone had a USB Type-C port rather than a lighting port. Some of the demands may finally be considered by Apple. Apple is apparently testing iPhones with USB Type-C connectors rather than lighting ports.

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According to Bloomberg’s Mark German, future iPhones may forgo the lighting port in favour of a USB Type-C port. Apple, on the other hand, does not intend to make the change until at least 2023. This suggests that the traditional lighting port will be included in the next iPhone 14 series. There have been several rumours regarding Apple adopting USB Type-C ports. Ming Chi Kuo, Apple analyst, had anticipated that the iPhone 15 models will include USB Type-C ports. The report is credible because Apple has just begun adopting USB Type-C ports in iPads, thus the charging method does not appear to be too far away from Apple’s ecosystem.

Apple, on the other hand, does not appear to be adopting USB Type-C ports to make things easier for users, however, the company may be considering the shift owing to regulatory constraints that may be mandated in Europe. According to reports, European regulation has compelled Apple to include a USB-C port on all iPhones, iPads, and AirPods sold in Europe. Not just Apple, but all smartphone makers selling in Europe must ensure that all new smartphones include a USB Type-C port. USB ports in tablets, laptops, digital cameras, headphones, and other gadgets have also been requested by electronic makers. While most Android phones have USB Type-C ports, the new regulation will have a significant impact on Apple.

“The new rules would make sure consumers no longer need a new charger and cable every time they purchase a new device and can use one charger for all of their small and medium-sized electronic gadgets. Mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld video game consoles and portable speakers, rechargeable via a wired cable, will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port, regardless of the manufacturer,” the Market and Consumer Protection Committee said in a statement.