The iPhone 15 is virtually guaranteed to adopt USB-C in 2023, beating the EU mandate deadline by a year, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Apple will switch to USB-C with the next generation of iPhones. Apple may continue to utilise the Lightning connector for an additional year despite the fact that the new EU rule officially begins to apply to new portable electronic devices sold in the fall of 2024. Gurman, however, thinks that won’t be the case, and Apple won’t wait till the very last moment to make the switch.
The European Union mandate forces consumer electronic devices to adopt a single USB connector. As per Gurman, Apple’s iPad will fully switch towards USB Type-C, which will be followed up by the iPhone 15 next year. But these won’t be the only devices making the switch. Apple AirPods, Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad still rely on the lightning connector and will also make a switch to USB Type-C sometime next year.
Devices like the Apple Watch that only enable wireless charging are explicitly excluded from the EU regulations. Gurman predicts that Apple will soon abandon USB-C in favour of just using wireless charging systems like MagSafe. Apple’s Lightning connector has been a significant source of revenue, and the firm will attempt to raise MagSafe’s bar by deciding to use portless devices in the future.