Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 14:11 iOS: Hardware

Bloomberg: Switch From Lightning To USB-C Definitely Planned For iPhone – Advantages For Users

According to the very reliable market expert, Ming-Chi Kuo as of a few days ago, Apple should begin the replacement process for Lightning port in the iPhone – and now, Bloomberg has some additional information to add. As per Bloomberg, Apple is reportedly already testing iPhones with USB-C instead of the usual Lightning port, with plans to bring the first USB-C model iPhone onto the market in 2023. The iPhone 14 (2022) will continue to rely on the Lightning connector system. The iPhone 15 would be the model to finally receive the USB-C treatment. As stated in the report, there are also legal reasons behind the change in direction. There have been talks of making uniform plugs a requirement in the EU, meaning that if Apple were to continue producing iPhones with the Lightning connector system, there would also have to be another line of iPhones with USB-C produced exclusively for EU countries – raising production costs considerably.

Compatibility & Transfer Rate
However, there are also other advantages to the USB-C connector system. Take for example just the transfer rate, which is already considerably faster than that of Lightning's. Although there is technically an "updated" Lightning standard with faster transfer rates arriving with the iPhone 14 which raises transfer speeds to at least the level of USB 3, USB-C will still be at the head of the pack come the eventual release of the new Lightning standard. In the iPad Pro, which has already undergone the switch to USB-C, transfer speeds are up to 10 GB/s in comparison to the current iPhone's 480 MB/s – which is the same transfer speed as the outdated USB 2. The switch to USB-C would also lower development costs some for Cupertino, allowing the company to focus more on development in other areas – thanks to the adoption of a market standard. Additionally, Bloomberg states that Apple is working on a new accessory product in the form of a "Lightning to USB-C" adaptor that should sort for some greater compatibility between the two standards.

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Lightning Won't Necessarily Disappear Immediately
During Lightning's introduction to the public back in 2012, Apple's head of marketing, Phil Schiller at the time, stated that the standard would become the first choice for the next decade. Thus, if Apple does actually switch to USB-C next year, that would mark the occurrence almost exactly 10 years since the announcement – making the former prognosis not all too far removed from reality. However, since Apple tends to leave some older generations of iPhones in its lineup for a period of time, it's likely to take a while until the Lightning standard truly disappears – likely taking at least another 2 years. This would make 2026 the first "Lightning-free" product year. There isn't any current information concerning speculation that Apple might remove connections altogether in its top models, relying solely on wireless transfer.

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