These Apple Products Are Still Sold With Lightning Following iPhone 15's Switch to USB-C

As widely expected, all four iPhone 15 models are equipped with a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port. Apple also made the AirPods Pro available with a USB-C charging case, and released wired EarPods with a USB-C connector.

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Nevertheless, there are a handful of Apple devices and accessories that are still sold with Lightning, which debuted on the iPhone 5 back in 2012:

  • iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14, iPhone 13, and iPhone SE
  • Ninth-generation iPad
  • Second-generation and third-generation AirPods
  • AirPods Max
  • First-generation Apple Pencil
  • Magic Keyboard (Mac version)
  • Magic Mouse
  • Magic Trackpad
  • Various cables and adapters

Apple did discontinue its MagSafe Battery Pack and MagSafe Duo Charger accessories with Lightning following the iPhone 15 event.

Some of these products will likely be updated with USB-C in the future, such as the AirPods Max and the trio of Magic accessories for the Mac, while previous-generation products in the list like the older iPhones, iPad, and Apple Pencil will eventually be discontinued. Until then, the Lightning era of Apple is not completely over.

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Top Rated Comments

LittleFriend Avatar
11 months ago
Thanks for confirming that the older iphones will not be retroactively magically updated in people's houses to have a new port.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Magnus81 Avatar
11 months ago

Aside from being proprietary ($), is there any benefit of lightning over USB-C?
I think lightning may be better at handling dust/lint, or removing such? As it does tend to build up over time from pockets.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rychiar Avatar
11 months ago
how bout redesigning the mouse from scratch along with the port change….
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eminemdrdre00 Avatar
11 months ago

Don't forget the Apple TV remote!
That switched to USB-C last year.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spaceboi Scaphandre Avatar
11 months ago
They might be waiting for the next iMac refresh to move the Mac mice and keyboards to USB-C.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Hornet9988 Avatar
11 months ago
Don't forget the Apple TV remote!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)