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The next iPhone would be with USB-C: Apple

iPhone charging with Lightning port (Photo: Tecnoguia)
iPhone charging with Lightning port (Photo: Tecnoguia)

The next iPhone could have USB-C inputthen according to BloombergApple developer team is testing change lightning portand supposedly it will be available in the models of the second half of 2023, which is when the official presentation of the iPhone of that year will presumably be made.

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In addition to testing models with a USB-C port in recent months, Apple is working on a adapter that would allow future iPhones to work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connectorsaid the people to the aforementioned media, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.

If the company goes ahead with the change, it won’t happen until 2023 at the earliest. Apple plans to keep the Lightning connector for new models this year.

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By moving to USB-C, Apple would simplify the collection of chargers used by your various devices. Most of the Company iPad and Mac already use USB-C instead of Lightning. That means Apple customers can’t use a single charger for their iPhone, iPad and Mac, which is odd given Apple’s penchant for simplicity. Wireless chargers for both the iPhone and Apple Watch also use a USB-C connector for their power supplies.

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Image of Apple adapters to USB-C (Photo: File)
Image of Apple adapters to USB-C (Photo: File)

The new measure, which analyst Ming-Chi Kuo he also predicted, could potentially create confusion for customers. USB-C chargers are slightly larger than the Lightning connector, but can offer Faster charging speeds and data transfers. The new connectors would also be compatible with many existing chargers for non-Apple devices, such as Android phones and tablets.

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However, most Apple accessories, including AirPods, the remote control of Apple TV, the MagSafe battery pack, and the MagSafe Duo charger will still use Lightning. The USB-C adapter in development could mitigate that problem, but it’s not clear if Apple would include it in the box or make customers pay more for it.

This new connector would lessen Apple’s control over the iPhone accessory market. Apple requires accessory makers to pay to use the Lightning connector and to participate in a strict approval process. USB-C is a standard used by many manufacturers of consumer devices, including most Android phone makers, making it less likely that Apple will be able to exercise its usual level of control.

A customer holds up the new green Apple iPhone 13 pro shortly after it went on sale inside the Apple Store (Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar)
A customer holds up the new green Apple iPhone 13 pro shortly after it went on sale inside the Apple Store (Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar)

In recent years, Apple has also worked on iPhones without any charging port, seeking to promote the system of MagSafe wireless charging Introduced in 2020. But wireless is often slower to charge a phone’s battery and doesn’t sync data with other devices as fast. It is also not practical in all situations, such as some car setups.

A key reason for making the switch would be the European Union’s decision to force phone and other device makers to adopt USB-C. In April, legislation for such a requirement passed by majority vote.

“Mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, portable game consoles and portable speakers, rechargeable by cable, would have to be equipped with a USB type C port, regardless of the manufacturer,” according to the legislation. .

Apple has said the European law would hurt its ability to innovate. “We are concerned that the regulation that requires a single type of connector for all devices on the market harm European consumers by slowing down the introduction of beneficial innovations in cargo standards, including those related to safety and energy efficiency”, the company said last year.

A man stands in front of a wall of iPhone cases at an Apple store (Photo: REUTERS/Thomas Peter)
A man stands in front of a wall of iPhone cases at an Apple store (Photo: REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

It is possible that Apple releases a version of the iPhone that it is compatible with European legislation and that it maintains Lightning in other places. But having multiple versions of the same iPhone with different connectors would likely lead to even more confusion, as well as supply chain headaches.

It is not clear if Apple could finally abandon the USB-C switch if the European law does not materialize. However, for the sake of simplicity, many consumers have asked for the change despite everything.

A switch to USB-C would be the second port change in iPhone history. From the original iPhone in 2007 to the iPhone 4s in 2011, Apple used the 30-pin iPod connector popularized years earlier. With the iPhone 5, Apple switched to the smaller Lightning port, touting its more durable design that could be inserted into the iPhone in any direction.

(With information from Bloomberg)

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