Report: Apple is testing USB-C iPhone fashions for 2023

2021's iPhone 13 still uses Apple's proprietary Lightning port.
Enlarge / 2021’s iPhone 13 nonetheless makes use of Apple’s proprietary Lightning port.

Apple is testing iPhones that use the industry-standard USB-C port, in line with a report in Bloomberg citing folks with information of the state of affairs.

Since 2012, Apple’s smartphones have used the corporate’s proprietary Lightning connector. However extra not too long ago, the marginally bigger USB-C port has come to dominate shopper electronics, together with most of Apple’s different merchandise. Customers, reviewers, and even authorities regulators have known as for Apple to drop Lightning in favor of USB-C in recent times.

This has led Apple to a tricky spot, with three doable paths ahead, every with some vital downsides.

On one hand, the corporate may persist with Lightning—that will imply that prospects who’ve been utilizing the iPhone for some time would not have to purchase new adapters, wires, or chargers. Apple’s ecosystem of accessory-makers would not have to return to the drafting board to launch up to date merchandise for the brand new connection.

On the opposite, Apple may change to USB-C, making the iPhone play extra properly with different devices, together with the Mac. However that transfer may set off shopper confusion and chaos amongst accessory-makers. It could additionally loosen Apple’s management over the person expertise.

The third possibility could be to go all-wireless, however wi-fi connections often do not transmit energy or knowledge as rapidly or effectively.

In keeping with Bloomberg’s sources, Apple is actively testing the second possibility—switching to USB-C—in no small half as a result of the European Union seems to be transferring ahead with a regulation that will require corporations that make “cellphones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld video-game consoles and moveable audio system” to standardize round USB-C.

The brand new regulation is not ultimate but, however its prospects are good to this point, and it could power Apple’s hand right here. The sources aren’t sure whether or not Apple will proceed with its plan to modify to USB-C ought to the regulation finally fall by.

That mentioned, the USB-C fashions Apple is testing proper now should not concentrating on a 2022 launch—this 12 months’s iPhones will reportedly nonetheless use Lightning. However the change may occur as quickly as 2023, in line with the report.


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