Apple would test new models of iPhones in which the current Lightning port will be replaced by the widely used USB connector. According to a Bloomberg report, the tech giant is testing new iPhones with a USB-C port, which could be released in the second half of next year, possibly to comply with new European Union regulatory proposals .
Earlier, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted that Apple will switch to USB-C in the second half of 2023 when next year’s iPhone lineup will be released. .
(1/2) My latest survey indicates that the new 2:23 iPhone will ditch the Lightning port and switch to the USB-C port. USB-C could improve iPhone transfer and charging speed in hardware designs, but final spec details are still dependent on iOS support.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 11, 2022
The EU has been pushing for a universal phone charging standard for years, and recently proposed legislation would make USB-C the mandatory port for all handsets. According to Bloomberg technology expert Mark Gurman, this legislation is “a key reason” for Apple’s decision to consider the change.
The idea behind the EU proposal is to limit the carbon footprint by reducing e-waste and making life easier for consumers. If the new regulations come into force, it could be difficult for Apple, compared to other smartphone manufacturers, because it does not use the USB-C port on its devices.
Apple has already used the USB-C port in the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini. Switching to USB-C also has technical advantages, as it offers faster data transfer speeds and better power delivery than the Lightning port.
Apple users currently resort to adapters to connect to devices using the USB-C port. The switch to USB-C might be a relief for many iPhone users. It will also make life easier for those who have multiple devices but still need to carry a Lightning cable with them just for their iPhones.
(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)