This isn’t surprising, and isn’t necessarily new chatter, but one of Apple’s most trusted news columnists of all time chimed in to say that Apple is indeed at least serious enough about the potential switch from Lightning to USB-C on future iPhones that she does. testing with models equipped with the latest connector.
Bloomberg Mark Gurman revealed that Apple is testing iPhone prototypes with USB-C ports. in recent months, and that he is also working on an adapter that will allow iPhones equipped with the more common connector to still work with accessories designed with Lightning in mind.
Don’t throw those Lightning cables in the trash just yet: Gurman’s report says the earliest that could happen is 2023, as the design of the current new iPhones, likely to arrive in Fall 2022, is set to Lightning on board, as are their predecessors.
As Bloomberg notes, a major reason to consider this change could be the EU ruling in April, which approved the requirement that consumer electronics companies adopt USB-C as a common wired connection standard. Theoretically, Apple could work around this requirement in other ways, but standardizing USB-C as the preferred connector for all of their devices would probably also be a win for them in the consumer satisfaction department, especially after moving to use it in other mobile devices such as the latest iPad and iPad Pro tablets.
Dropping Lightning would be a headache in other ways for both Apple and consumers: it would mean Apple would lose licensing fees and parts revenue for third parties seeking official “MFI” status for iPhone accessories, and that’s would mean that iPhone users must either replace their existing Lightning accessories or use the rumored adapter. Plus, AirPods still rely on Lightning, so you still can’t completely switch to the USB-C lifestyle.
USB-C is also one of the most confusing connector technologies in terms of the different types of cables it connects. For example, an old USB-C cable may provide only power transfer and very low boot power. However, the situation has become a little easier to analyze with newer cables and devices, so at least people will have the opportunity to optimize their charger and cable combination.
Selfishly, I want Apple to do this because I’m obsessed with the arithmetic of how many cables and chargers I need to take with me on a trip so that my entire kit is charged with the necessary, but minimal degree of redundancy. However, as with any reports detailing work at this stage of development, there’s always a chance that Apple could ditch that direction and move back to Lightning in 2023 and beyond, however dooming us to a more complicated cable nest. in foreseeable future.
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