Apple will implement USB-C on iPhones in 2023, according to famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and Bloomberg says that the Cupertino-based tech firm has already begun testing iPhones with the USB-C connector. The Lightning port will remain on this year’s iPhones.
Furthermore, the journal claims that Apple is working on an adaptor that will allow future iPhones with USB-C to function with current Lightning connector accessories, although it’s unclear whether Apple will include it in the retail box or sell it separately. Customers will almost certainly have to pay extra for the adaptor, given Apple’s reputation.
One of the reasons for the switch from Lightning to USB-C could be the European Union’s drive for USB-C-equipped devices, which shouldn’t be a problem for Android device makers because most Android-powered smartphones and tablets released in the recent few years have had the USB-C connection.
Apple, on the other hand, is concerned that the European regulation “mandating only one type of connector for all devices on the market could affect European consumers by postponing the introduction of beneficial charging standards, especially those related to safety and energy efficiency.”
The EU has disputed claims that the switch to USB-C will stifle innovation, claiming that the “proposal states that if a new standard emerges that is better than USB-C, we can adapt the rules.”
Whether the European regulation stifles innovation or not, switching from the Lightning connector to USB-C would benefit iPhone customers by allowing for faster data transfers and charging.
The switch would be important, though not entirely unexpected. Apple has already switched to USB-C for the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini. In September, the EU unveiled a plan that would mandate the inclusion of USB-C ports in various gadgets, including smartphones – Gurman claims that this law was “a fundamental driver” for Apple’s decision to consider the change. Moving to USB-C, which has greater transfer speeds than Lightning, has technological advantages as well.
Apple has also been rumored to be working on a portless iPhone, according to Gurman, who claims that Apple has “worked on iPhones without any charging port” in “recent years.” However, his Friday report does not indicate that a portless iPhone would be available anytime soon.