Just some days after famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple will probably dump the Lightning port in 2023, a brand new report claims that USB-C telephones are already being examined.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman stories that Apple has begun testing iPhone fashions “that change the present Lightning charging port with the extra prevalent USB-C connector” because it seems probably that European Union laws will necessitate the change. He additionally says Apple is “engaged on an adapter that might let future iPhones work with equipment designed for the present Lightning connector” just like the Lightning-to-3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter Apple shipped with the iPhone 7 and nonetheless sells for $9.
The transfer to USB-C can be a serious one. Apple switched to Lightning from the clunky 30-pin dock connector with the iPhone 5 in 2012, and it’s been a mainstay on the iPhone and different equipment for the previous ten years. Nonetheless, Apple has step by step been shifting away from Lightning on the iPad, with the ten.2-inch iPad being the one remaining mannequin with out USB-C.
USB-C is barely thicker than Lightning, however final yr, an engineering pupil constructed an iPhone with a USB-C port with out altering the thickness or eradicating any of the within elements. Together with universality with different units and equipment, a USB-C port would additionally enable for quicker information transfers. The iPhone’s Lightning port is presently restricted to 480Mbps, a lot slower than the 10Gbps on the iPad Air.
Like Kuo, Gurman says Lightning gained’t be dropped from the iPhone till 2023 on the earliest, and this yr’s iPhone 14 will nonetheless have the tiny proprietary port.