Apple will drop iPhone Lightning port in favor of USB-C in 2023, claims analyst

Apple will drop iPhone Lightning port in favor of USB-C in 2023, claims analyst


Apple is making ready to swap the proprietary Lightning port on its iPhones subsequent 12 months for the practically universally-embraced USB-C, claims firm analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a pair of tweets, Kuo mentioned Apple was going to make the change in 2023, basing this declare on an unspecified “survey” (presumably of part producers, from whom Kuo appears to get a whole lot of his info for predictions about future Apple merchandise).

Kuo mentioned that adopting USB-C “may enhance iPhone’s switch and charging velocity in {hardware} designs, however the remaining spec particulars nonetheless rely upon iOS help.”

Kuo’s prediction is hardly with out priority — rumors and hypothesis about Apple adopting USB-C for the iPhone have swirled for years. The smartphone trade at massive has embraced the reversible USB-C customary, and Apple itself has received partly on board, including USB-C to its most up-to-date iPads and utilizing USB-C-compatible Thunderbolt ports on many Macs. Strain to modify has constructed from policymakers, too, with the EU nonetheless contemplating a proposal that might make USB-C ports necessary on smartphones and different electronics (with the intention of lowering e-waste by standardizing chargers and knowledge cables).

And but, Apple has at all times appeared notably proof against the concept. It’s been instructed that the corporate would somewhat make its iPhones portless, counting on wi-fi charging and knowledge switch, than mar its gadgets with USB-C. And Kuo himself predicted simply final 12 months that Apple isn’t contemplating USB-C ports. In March 2021, he mentioned Apple deliberate to maintain Lightning ports on the iPhone for the “foreseeable future” — partly to maintain the corporate’s profitable Made for ‌iPhone‌ (MFi) program operating, and partly for higher waterproofing.

Perhaps, although, Lightning has merely fizzled out. As MacRumors famous in a latest piece, when Apple launched the usual in September 2012, Phil Schiller known as it “a contemporary connector for the subsequent decade.” Properly: it’s Might 2022 and the last decade is sort of up.


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