Bloomberg Confirms Apple is Testing iPhones With USB-C Ports

Apple is indeed testing iPhones that are equipped with USB-C ports instead of Lightning ports, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Apple does not plan to make the switch from Lightning to USB-C until 2023 at the earliest, with this year's iPhones continuing to offer a Lightning port.

iPhone 15 to Switch From Lightning to USB C in 2023 feature
We first heard about a potential swap to USB-C from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who earlier this week said that Apple was planning to abandon the Lightning port in favor of a USB-C port in the 2023 iPhone 15 models.

There have been endless rumors about Apple adopting USB-C ports over the years, especially after Apple started using USB-C for the iPad lineup, but so far, Apple has stuck with Lightning for the iPhone.

Apple may be planning to swap because of legal requirements that could be implemented in Europe. The European Union is working on legislation that would require Apple to use USB-C technology across its product lineup, on iPhones, iPads, and AirPods.

All devices sold in Europe would need to have a universal USB-C port should the legislation be passed, so Apple would need to ship special USB-C iPhone models in Europe or simply make the swap to USB-C worldwide.

USB-C ports would allow for faster charging speeds and quicker data transfers, plus it would bring the ‌iPhone‌ in line with the Mac and ‌iPad‌ models that already use USB-C.

If Apple does transition to USB-C, Gurman says that the company will come out with an adapter that would let USB-C iPhones connect to accessories that have Lightning ports.

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Top Rated Comments

dmx Avatar
23 months ago
This should have happened years ago. And it should happen because USB-C is fundamentally better than lightning — more reliable, faster charging, interoperable. It shouldn’t require, or be based upon, government regulation to get this done.
Score: 86 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarAnalogy Avatar
23 months ago
It was downright ridiculous to watch them talk up how great USB C is on the new iPad Mini, then quietly ignore that fact about the supposedly even higher end Pro iPhones with the exact same SoC.
Score: 52 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
23 months ago

Apple does not plan to make the switch from Lightning to USB-C until 2023 at the earliest, with this year's iPhones continuing to offer a lightning port.
Suppose they do switch this year. Most iPads use USB-C currently, why do they still need iPhone 14 to retain a lightning port? Just make it happen!
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bluespark Avatar
23 months ago
Do it now, Apple!
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Freida Avatar
23 months ago
iPad Pro 2021 - USB-C
iPhone 2022 - Lighting

are they smoking crack or what?
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IMPOSSIBLEMAN Avatar
23 months ago
My planned iPhone 14 Pro purchase is on hold. Still committed to acquisition.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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