2023 is looking to be the year that Apple abandons their proprietary Lightning port and embrace the industry standard for data transfer and charging. Popular analyst at TF International Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo, says that the iPhone 15 will have USB-C. This will be the first time an iPhone will have USB-C. Below are his words, as published on his Twitter handle.
My latest survey indicates that 2H23 new iPhone will abandon Lightning port and switch to USB-C port. USB-C could improve iPhone’s transfer and charging speed in hardware designs, but the final spec details still depend on iOS support.
It’s expected to see existing USB-C-related suppliers of Apple’s ecosystem (e.g., IC controller, connector) become the market’s focus in the next 1-2 years, thanks to vast orders from iPhones and accessories’ adoption of USB-C ports.source
This is good news, assuming that it happens. The switch to USB-C by Apple is long overdue, considering the benefits. For one, iPhone users can use any available USB-C cable for charging their devices. It won’t matter what smartphone brand you use; you will never be far away from a compatible cable.
Why do iPhones not use USB-C? In addition to being used by everyone else, USB-C port offers faster charging at the same voltage and greater data transfer capacity than Lightning port. Does anyone know exactly why Apple has stuck with Lightning port for this long? With USB-C, perhaps Apple iPhones can now enjoy much faster charging than the present speeds they enjoy.
We await official confirmation from Apple, whenever that comes. In the meantime, find below a FAQ on the subject.
Does iPhone have USB-C port?
From the very first iPhone up till the current iPhone 13, Apple has not included USB-C in the iPhone range. iPhones use what is called a Lightning Port.
Will iPhone 14 have USB-C?
Information available says that the iPhone 14 range will have Lightning Port, and not USB-C.
Will iPhone 15 have USB-C?
Rumours from industry sources say that the iPhone 15 will be the first iPhone model to have USB-C.
Update: Bloomberg reports that Apple is now testing iPhones with USB-C. An excerpt:
Apple Inc. is testing future iPhone models that replace the current Lightning charging port with the more prevalent USB-C connector, according to people with knowledge of the situation, a move that could help the company conform with looming European regulations.
In addition to testing models with a USB-C port in recent months, Apple is working on an adapter that would let future iPhones work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.
If the company proceeds with the change, it wouldn’t occur until 2023 at the earliest. Apple is planning to retain the Lightning connector for this year’s new models.Source
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