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2023-bound iPhone 15 could finally ditch the lightning port for USB-C

The iPhone 15 could be the first of its kind to use a USB Type-C port (image via own)
The iPhone 15 could be the first of its kind to use a USB Type-C port (image via own)
Renowned industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple plans to replace the lightning port with USB-C, but not until 2023. The iPhone 15 will be the first of its kind to employs the tech and offer faster charging and data transfer as a result.

Renowned industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speculates that the 2023-bound iPhone could finally ditch the lightning port for USB-C, as it allows for faster charging speeds and data transfer. Apple has kept its distance from the industry-wide fast charging race, and that may change with the iPhone 15 (tentative). However, Apple could follow Samsung's footsteps and limit charging wattages to reasonable levels.

It makes sense for Apple to phase out the proprietary lightning port, given the mounting pressure from regulators and consumer demand. The rest of the industry has already adopted USB-C as a de facto standard, and it would make little sense for Apple to resist. It will also act as an extra incentive for Android users to make the switch to iPhones, especially in the face of charging bricks disappearing from retail packaging.

Kuo adds that Apple will rely on its existing supplier ecosystem to make the eventual transition to USB-C. The company is no stranger to the technology, as they are a staple on many modern-day iPads. Besides, an iPhone with a fully functional USB Type-C port already exists, although it is a jerry-rigged solution that served as a proof of concept more than anything else.

Despite Kuo's impeccable reputation as an analyst and several accurate predictions, the above information must be treated with some scepticism, as it refers to a product that is nowhere close to launching. Rumours about Apple ditching the lightning port have been around for years, and nothing has come of it so far.

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Anil Ganti, 2022-05-11 (Update: 2022-05-11)