Gurman and Kuo agree: Apple is testing an iPhone with a USB-C port for 2023
Gurman’s sources have asked not to be identified as this is a private matter. His report confirmed Kuo’s 2023 timeline, as Gurman pointed out that changes to the iPhone’s Lightning port would not happen until 2023. This means consumers can expect each of the four iPhone devices to launch later this year, and it will feature the usual Lightning port.
Before the Lightning connector, there was the 30-pin adapter
Gurman’s report adds that Apple is also working on an adapter that would allow future iPhone devices to work with accessories made for the current Lightning connector. USB-C chargers are slightly larger than the Lightning adapter, charge faster, and offer faster data transfer speeds. If Apple makes that move in 2023, third-party accessory makers will need to make design changes to their charging products for Apple devices.
Apple says using USB-C connector will stifle innovation
Last year, Apple said it would make it harder for them to innovate if manufacturers were forced to use USB-C. The company said: “We fear that regulation, which requires only one plug type for all devices on the market, will hurt European consumers by slowing down the uptake of useful innovations in charging standards, including those related to safety and energy efficiency. “
If European law doesn’t pass, Apple could decide to continue focusing on using the Lightning platform, though many iPhone users support the change anyway. If the law passes, Apple could produce a special version of the iPhone with USB-C support for European markets while keeping the Lightning system available elsewhere. However, that would not only lead to confusion and chaos, but also a chaotic situation for Apple’s supply chain.