A recent report by Bloomberg claims that the 2023 iPhone will ditch the Lightning connector for a USB-C connection. Now renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has done so tweeted that the Apple Airpods and other Apple accessories will follow suit iPhone transitioning to USB-C ports next year.
Kuo also mentions that the move could happen in the “foreseeable future.” And we might see it next year if we follow the iPhone timeline.
This could potentially mean that Apple is gearing up for a streamlining overhaul and eventually adopting a universal charging standard for all of its products and accessories.
Apple already uses USB-C ports to charge its laptops and almost the entire line of iPads. But it continues to ship Lightning ports on its iPhones, AirPods, and AirPods Pro, and a series of accessories. That means someone just buying into the Apple ecosystem can’t get away with just one charger.
The full switch to USB-C ports will definitely help solve this hassle, especially when traveling. The ability to charge a range of devices from a single USB-C charger is a convenience that many Android users already enjoy. So having the same for iPhone, AirPods, Macbook and iPads would be a boon for Apple users.
A full switch to USB-C ports will definitely help solve this hassle, especially when traveling. The ability to charge a range of devices from a single USB-C charger is a convenience that many Android users already enjoy. So the same for iPhone, AirPods, Macbooks and iPads would be a boon for Apple users.
Pressure from European regulators could be behind Apple’s future move to USB-C, as the EU has been pushing companies to make USB-C a standard for portable devices.
Apple definitely seems poised to introduce USB-C charging to all of its devices in the near future, leaving the Lightning connector behind. The Lightning connector was introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012, and Apple announced at the time that it would be Apple’s charging standard for “the next decade.”
USB-C could mean a big shift in the charging standard, not just for Apple, but for the entire phone industry to have a standardized charging port.
When can we expect a USB-C iPhone?
During iPhone 14 was tipped to be portless initially, more recently it was rumored to be getting a USB-C connection. That now it doesn’t look like itunless Apple decided to add USB-C to the iPhone 14 pro models.
Addressing the portless rumor, Kuo said it would “cause more problems due to the current limitations of wireless technologies and the immature MagSafe ecosystem.” As such, it looks like Apple will be moving to USB-C next year, which it likely will be iPhone 15and then try moving to a fully wireless system when MagSafe charging finds wider application.
We’re more hoping that Kuo and others are wrong and stuff Apple introduces USB-C with the iPhone 14 Otherwise, given Lightning’s limitations, it might put a few people off. But Apple is likely to get into the design of the iPhone 14 lineup a bit already According to reports, they are preparing for production. So changing the design or port selection can be wishful thinking.
With that in mind, it seems most likely that an iPhone with USB-C will launch now in 2023.