Apple is said to be preparing to pack a USB Type-C port on its future iPhone models. The Cupertino-based company is preparing to replace the old Lightning charging port with USB Type-C on the handset. However, the change may not happen until 2023. Currently, Apple’s MacBook and iPad models all have USB Type-C ports. The tech giant is also said to be working on an adapter that would allow future iPhones to work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector.
According to a report by Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple is working on changing the charging port of the iPhone, and the company is testing new iPhones and adapters with USB Type-C connectivity. According to the report, Apple is likely to retain the Lightning connection for this year’s new models, and the change ‘won’t happen until 2023 at the earliest’.
Currently, Apple’s iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini offer USB Type-C connections, while accessories like AirPods and Apple TV remotes, use Lightning connectors. The European Union’s push for impose a universal charger for smartphones is arguably the main driving force behind Apple’s move to consider change. The European Commission believes that standard cabling for all devices will also reduce e-waste.
The report comes a few days after reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggest that Apple will swap out the Lightning port for USB-C in the second half of 2023. The purported iPhone 15 models are said to feature a USB Type-C port.
The company is said to be working on the iPhone 14 series. The lineup is expected to include four models – iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Max, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.