Now it’s time for Apple to drop the Lightning ports. According to TF International Securities Analyst ming-chi kuoApple is planning to switch its Lightning port on the iPhone(s?) to USB-C for the second half of 2023. It sure looks like it’s going to be the “iPhone 15” as Apple has its iPhones on an annual refresh cycle every fall.
An iPhone with USB-C has been wishful thinking for the past few years, but it hasn’t really led to anything beyond that. The YouTuber who discovered the simulation has also shown that it is possible. Last October, he made a complicated DIY iPhone X that supports USB-C charging. But this rumor comes from a very reputable industry source and may be light at the end of the tunnel.
Don’t get too excited There’s certainly still a lot of doubt that Apple will ever move from Lightning to USB-C for its iPhone, albeit with a more universal port. In fact, it’s more plausible that Apple will go completely portless for future iPhones and rely on MagSafe charging instead.
But consider that most other Apple devices currently charge via USB-C, including many of its iPad and MacBook models. There has also been recent pressure from the European Union, which wants all smartphones to have the same universal charging connector. Unsurprisingly, Apple criticized the regulation, saying it “stifles innovation.”
The advantage of switching to USB-C is that we are likely to get faster data transfer and charging speeds than the Lightning connectors, which are coming when they are 10 years old. Let’s not forget about the added bonus of not needing a separate charger just for your iPhone.
Keep those cables – There’s still some uncertainty about the Switch, especially if you consider what Kuo previously said in March 2021 that Apple is No Is planning to adopt USB-C because it would be “detrimental to the profitability of the MFi business”.
Of course, we won’t really know if this is true until Apple officially reveals the iPhone 15, or whatever the iPhone will be called in 2023. Keep in mind that we’re not on the iPhone 14 yet, so don’t throw out those Lightning cables just yet.