Apple Inc. is rumored to finally switch from lightning port to USB-C, starting in its iPhone 15, probably by the second half of 2023.
As per analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is finally set to ditch its exclusive lightning port for USB-C. The esteemed Apple analyst Kuo on Twitter revealed that according to his recent survey – it had been concluded that by the second half of 2023, Apple’s iPhone would switch to standard USB-C.
He further indicated that this switch, particularly USB-C, could improve the charging speed and iPhone’s transfer performance. However, the ultimate specification details depend on iOS support.
Kuo also wrote in his second tweet that due to massive orders from iPhones and USB-C ports, he is expecting to see the USB-C suppliers of Apple’s network become the market’s attention in the coming one or two years.
Apple expected to bid farewell to its exclusive lightning port
Given the time, USB-C is expected to debut in Apple on its latest iPhone 15 launch. Also, as stated by MacRumors, it’s pretty uncertain if the USB-C would be present on all iPhone 15s or some selective models.
If the above info turns out to be accurate, the series of iPhone 14 would be the last Apple model, which is Lightning-equipped.
Since 2019, Apple has shown an interest in considering USB-C, but nothing has happened yet. The high-tech company built by Steve Jobs has shown to be highly adamant in sticking with its lightning port, reporting that this port is better than USB-C. Nevertheless, this might not be the case in the coming future.
It’s the law
The European Commission proposed a law demanding all smart device makers, especially mobile phones, to make USB-C ports for their headsets in September. The authority further stressed that most consumers have shown immense frustration with incompatible chargers and that the tech industry had enough time to resolve the issue.
To which Apple said:
“We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world.”
Moving forward to April, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament carried out voting in favor of the proposed law. This law isn’t just restricted to smartphones and tablets, headsets, digital cameras, portable speakers, and hand-held gaming consoles to use USB-C. Devices that are too small are the only exception that does not have a USB-C port.
As of May, this proposed law is planned to go under the plenary vote of the European Parliament. If it gets approved, communication with the EU government will initiate adding final touches to this law. The details of how this procedure will be carried out aren’t out in the open. However, it’s still possible that USB-C will become an authorized standard later this year.
Moreover, this law would demand Apple adopt USB-C from a lightning port within two years.