Apple is testing an iPhone that replaces the Lightning port with USB-C, as a new Bloomberg report from Apple whisperer Mark Gurman understands. However, it’s not ideal to expect to see the feature in this year’s iPhone lineup. The change wouldn’t happen until 2023 “at the earliest,” Gurman says.
The change would be a big change, although it’s not a complete surprise. Apple has already moved the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini to USB-C. And the EU revealed a proposal in September that would require many devices, including smartphones, to include USB-C ports, reports The Verge.
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Gurman says this legislation was “a key reason” for Apple’s decision to consider the change. There are also technical advantages to switching to USB-C, which is capable of faster transfer speeds than Lightning.
Following this week’s tweet from trusted Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo, the report had suggested that Apple would switch to USB-C in the second half of 2023, when this year’s iPhone lineup will be published.
Ever since Apple first introduced the Lightning port with the iPhone 5 a decade ago, rumors have surfaced that Apple has been developing a portless iPhone, and Gurman says Apple is “working on an iPhone without a charging port for a few years”. However, the report does not suggest that a portless iPhone will be available soon.