Insider: when Apple will replace Lightning port with USB-C

Written By O. Love

Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared new data on Apple’s plans. The tech giant will be ditching the Lightning port and switching to USB-C on all, or possibly some, models in the iPhone 15 line, which is slated for release in the second half of 2023, according to a source.
Kuo also noted that USB-C will improve both the data transfer speed on the ‌iPhone‌ and the charging speed of gadgets.

Since the ‌iPhone‌ 5, Apple has kept the Lightning port on ‌its smartphones, despite the fact that much of the industry has already moved to USB-C. The insider connects changes in the company’s plans with the pressure exerted on it by the EU. In particular, at the end of April, the European Commission  approved the  use of a single Type-C connector in gadgets.

Most of Apple’s iPad lineup already comes with a USB-C port for faster data transfer from accessories like cameras. For photographers and filmmakers, the  audience that Apple aims to target with its premium iPhone Pros, the Lightning port is a problem due to the slow transfer speeds of large photo and video files. Switching to USB-C will simplify this workflow, writes  MacRumors.

Apple was originally supposed to keep the Lightning port on the ‌iPhone‌ until the transition to MagSafe wireless technology for charging and transferring files. ‌In this case, ports in iPhones would not be needed  – they would be completely abandoned.

But MagSafe‌ was first introduced with the iPhone 12 in 2020, so it’s still relatively new technology for ‌Apple. The company cannot yet rely on it in the context of abandoning the Lightning connector.

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