According to the company’s analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is preparing to replace the Lightning port with USB-C from 2023. A claim which seems to be drawn from an investigation which is not specified, but which could come from the device component manufacturers.
On the one hand, these are not the first rumors or speculations that revolve around the fact that Apple would like to adopt USB-C. On the other hand, the company has already kind of committed. The most recent iPads already have a USB-C port which is compatible on many Macs thanks to Thunderbolt USB-C ports.
Apple has always stood out for the particularity of its products
It must be recognized that Apple is not the kind of company that appreciates the fact that its products can look like others on the market. At times, the company has been reluctant to put a USB-C port on its iPhones. The company has rather talked about developing wireless charging and data transfer than using USB-C.
Kuo himself said in 2021 that the company has no plans to replace ports on its devices under any circumstances. In March 2021, he also said that Apple will keep the Lightning ports in order to maintain the company’s lucrative Made for iPhone program. The idea of keeping the Lightning ports also had to do with waterproofing.
What reasons would push Apple to change its mind?
According to the analyst, one of the reasons would be that the adoption of USB-C could improve the transfer and charging speed of the iPhone. But everything will depend on the support of iOS. But it’s not like Apple has never brought up the idea. Also, the fact that the company can use USB-C ports is several years old.
Another reason would lie in the great tension that the European Union exerts on Big Tech. European Union policymakers are considering making USB-C ports mandatory on smartphones as well as electronic devices. The goal would be to reduce electronic waste by standardizing chargers and data cables. So maybe it’s time to say goodbye to Apple’s Lightning connectors.