According to Apple, Apple is testing iPhones that swap the Lightning port for USB-C a new Bloomberg report by Apple Whisperer Mark Gurman. But don’t expect to see it in this year’s iPhone lineup, since the “at the earliest” transition wouldn’t happen until 2023, Gurman says. The report follows reliable Apple analysts Ming-Chi Kuo’s tweets this week This suggests that Apple will switch to USB-C in the second half of 2023, which is likely to be when this year’s iPhone lineup will be released.
The move would be a big one, although it’s not a total surprise. Apple has already switched the iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Mini to USB-C. And the EU has put forward a proposal in September that would require many devices, including smartphones, to include USB-C ports — Gurman says this legislation was “a key reason” for Apple’s move to consider the change. There are also technical benefits to moving to USB-C, which allows for faster transfer speeds than Lightning.
Rumors have also surfaced of Apple developing a portless iPhone, and Gurman says Apple has been “working on portless iPhones” for the “last few years.” But its Friday report doesn’t suggest a portless iPhone will be available any time soon.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company first introduced the Lightning port with the iPhone 5 in 2012.