Apple could be planning to do away with its Lightning charging port, unique and exclusive for company products, to replace it with the USB-C port on the iPhone that will come out in 2023, which would mean the unification of smartphone charging.
Since 2012, when Apple introduced the iPhone 5, the company has used the USB-C port for all of its subsequent phones. Since then, this has been a differential element that has meant that the company’s customers can only use official Apple products to charge their devices.
And just like this engineer who changed the charging port of his AirPods, people are tired of always having to carry a specific cable to be able to charge their iPhone, especially when other Apple products, such as the Macbook or the iPad Pro, they already share the charger with the rest of the products of other brands.
It seemed that the apple company refused to make the change, claiming that this would affect the MFi standards, a company certification that confirms that its product has passed a series of tests. But today, as confirmed by the well-known analyst Ming-Chin Kuo, Apple has changed its mind.
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.
??? (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 11, 2022
Kuo, known for leaking truthful information about Apple, assures that mid 2023 when the future iPhone 15 is released, this smartphone will have replaced the Lightning port with USB-C. It is unknown why after so many negatives the company has decided to take this turn, according to Kuo the type-C would help improve the speed and transfer on the iPhone, if iOS is updated for it.
While others think this is due to the pressure from the European Union (EU), since one of the sections of the draft of the Digital Framework Law (DMA) includes the intention to standardize the USB-C charger for all electronic devices including smartphones, computers or tablets regardless of their manufacturer.
This law is supposed to go into effect next year, which coincidentally (and not so coincidentally), coincides with the year that Apple plans to replace the Lightning charger with USB-C. It seems that Apple has realized that the DMA is serious and that manufacturers who do not comply with the new legislation will have problems operating in Europe.