An iPhone 15 USB-C port, in place of a Lightning one, is “essentially a lock,” says Mark Gurman in his latest power on Newspaper.
It’s widely speculated that Apple will choose the iPhone 15 to make the switch a year before it becomes mandatory for all smartphones sold within the EU, but Gurman’s statement is the strongest we’ve seen to date. Is …
Apple has always had its way on iPhone connectors, something that has proven to be an advantage in the past. When the industry standard was microUSB — a unidirectional plug and port that was almost universally hated for being awkward to insert — Apple had a much better bidirectional Lightning port.
However, the dreaded microUSB port has been supplanted by USB-C, which is as easy to use as a Lightning port. Apple was an early adopter of this port in the MacBook, and most of its iPads have switched to Lightning for USB-C. The Lightning connector in the iPhone is now an anomaly in the lineup. Many Apple owners would welcome being able to use USB-C chargers and cables for all of their devices.
Apple will also be effectively forced to switch to USB-C for its 2024 iPhone lineup, as this is the year it will become a legal requirement for all smartphones sold within the 27 EU countries. While it’s theoretically possible that Apple could only switch to the USB-C port on European model iPhones, it would be an unnecessary complication, and it seems likely that it will change around the world.
iPhone 15 USB-C Port
The legal requirement will start with the iPhone 16 in 2024, but there have been repeated reports that Apple is planning to switch to the iPhone 15 a year earlier.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said back in May that supply-chain research pointed to Apple switching from Lightning to USB-C in the second half of 2023. bloomberg That same month it was reported that Apple was internally testing an iPhone design with a USB-C port, but said that only by 2023. as soon as possible that the company will change.
However, the newspaper’s Mark Gurman goes even further in his latest power on Newspaper.
Apple is preparing for this law. I think the company will also easily beat the due date with its most visible products. The iPhone 15 is essentially a lock on to get USB-C in the fall of 2023, defeating the mandate by a year.
Other possibilities remain
While the new law is clear, it has some solutions. Apple could technically meet the need to allow iPhones to be charged via USB-C by including a USB-C-to-Lightning adapter in the pack — but that’s unlikely.
Some have even suggested that the Cupertino company may take a 2024 deadline to jump to a fully portless iPhone, which can only be charged wirelessly. This will again follow the law, as it only applies to devices that support wired charging. But while most consumers will be happy with wireless charging and data transfer, there are still professionals who use the iPhone within their workflow, and who want the fastest possible data transfer and charging.
AirPods, Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad
As we noted, the requirement also applies to a wide range of other products, which – for Apple – would mean switching to USB-C charging for the AirPods, Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad.
Gurman emphasizes that the law applies only to new device, so Apple is free to continue selling all current Lightning-powered models for as long as it wishes. But as soon as it rolls out an updated model, the need for USB-C charging starts rolling in. No one knows when Apple will want to update its Mac input devices, so these may well transition to USB-C at a later date.
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