We haven’t even seen the iPhone 14 yet, and rumours about the iPhone 15 have already begun. Ming Chi-Kuo, a well-known analyst and Apple insider, has made some significant forecasts for the 2023 iPhone models. According to Kuo, the iPhone 15 models may finally replace the Lightning port with a USB Type-C port. This is major news given how much money Apple makes from third-party accessory makers through Lightning port royalties.
Why Move From Lightning Port To USB-C
Apple has been gradually transitioning their lineup to USB Type-C, and their latest MacBooks and iPads all include one. Kuo says in his tweet that the USB-C connector can benefit iPhones by improving transmission and charging speeds. However, the final specification specifics are still dependent on iOS support. So, expect the iOS code to reveal this functionality before we see the change in iPhones.
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The iPhone 14 series still have the Lightning port as of now. The ports, however, are believed to support USB 3.0. Moving to the USB 3.0 specification would significantly improve data transmission speeds from 480Mbps to 5Gbps.
Increased Government Pressure
Apple has been subjected to heightened scrutiny from other governments, the most recent of which being the European Union. Just last month, lawmakers of the European Parliament approved legislation to make USB Type-C the default port on practically all major consumer electronics devices, including smartphones.
Since Android smartphones already have Type-C connectors, Apple may be the only major brand suffering backlash for sticking to its Lightning port. To combat this, Apple might use portless gadgets. They are already advocating for MagSafe. It’s difficult to forecast Apple’s next move right now, but we’ll know more soon.
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