Rumor mill: Apple has stuck to its Lightning port for iPhone as USB-C is increasingly becoming the standard for other portable devices. However, Apple may finally drop it next year. This step may be caused by external pressure.

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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted Wednesday that Apple will release an iPhone in the second half of 2023 – possibly the iPhone 15 – that will use a USB-C port instead of its own Lightning port. Kuo based his forecast on a supply chain survey. Kuo said the switch to USB-C could lead to faster transfer and hardware charging speeds.

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Apple has faced pressure from regulators and users to offer iPhones that are compatible with the USB-C cables many consumers already have. Everything from competing smartphones to the Nintendo Switch has already made USB-C the standard. Even MacBooks and iPads now use the more common alternative. The iPhone is Apple’s last stronghold.

While this will be Apple’s first official iPhone with USB-C, it’s not the first. Late last year, a Swiss modder built a dedicated USB-C port into an iPhone and then published procedure instructions.

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In terms of regulation, the European Union has moved one step closer to Adoption standardized chargers for electronic devices last month. If approved, this could force the iPhone to switch to USB-C. However, if Kuo’s analysis proves to be true, the new rules will be mostly moot, and iPhone users may rejoice that they only have one cable to charge all of their devices.