According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple could abandon its Lighting port definitively in favor of USB-C, starting in 2023. European standards are already at work to force manufacturers to adopt this connection, it would seem finally that Apple would soon make its transition.
Finally, it was time for Apple to update. After exploiting its Lightning cable from the iPhone 5, Apple’s proprietary port acted as the last bastion against the invasion of USB-C. This period of resistance will nevertheless be about to end if we are to believe the famous analyst.
Expected faster adoption
He split two tweets indicating that Apple would complete its transition to USB-C connectivity in 2023 and would finally equip its iPhones with it. An assertion apparently based on a survey of its sources.
My latest survey indicates that 2H23 new iPhone will abandon Lightning port and switch to USB-C port. USB-C could improve iPhone’s transfer and charging speed in hardware designs, but the final spec details still depend on iOS support.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo)
The adoption of this connection by Apple would mean in particular for the Cupertino company better transfer and charging speeds. He also indicates that the final connector specifications will depend on the support offered by iOS. According to him, Apple’s current suppliers of USB-C connectors should also see their orders increase thanks to the significant adoption of the public who should again renew their accessories.
This prediction by Ming Chi Kuo follows the fantasies of many fans who dream of seeing Apple finally adopt this standard on all their devices. The 12-chip MacBooks were the first to ship this connection from 2015 followed by the iPad Pro in 2018. And if at the time Apple could defend its own connection against micro-USB, it is more difficult for them today to plead the cause of Lightning over the capabilities and mainstream adoption of USB-C. Rumors even mentioned the potential arrival of an iPhone without ports rechargeable only wirelessly.
Sign of the times or fear of falling into illegality?
A draft directive led by the European Commission and aiming to force the adoption of USB-C by 2024 may be the cause, or at least it has accelerated the movement on the side of Apple. Here, it’s not just smartphones that are affected, but also headphones, earphones, speaker cameras and other electronic gadgets (with the exception of e-readers apparently).
This directive only concerns Europe, but it would be hard to see Apple offering Lightning in certain markets and USB-C in others. This new standard would make it possible in particular to save resources and thus avoid generating thousands of tonnes of additional electronic waste. And as we know, ecology is Apple’s workhorse, which no longer offers a power supply in the box of its iPhones or wired headphones.
The late adoption of USB-C by Apple could be explained by the existence of the “Made for iPhone” program which would represent a certain shortfall for Apple on accessories related to its products. But it seems this time that we won’t have much time with this connection.
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