iPhone 15 could feature a USB-C port but it may not be long before Apple moves to fully wireless iPhones and iPads
It would be an understatement to say that the Lightning port on Apple devices is getting a little long in the tooth. The general consensus is that Apple should’ve retired the slow connector some years ago as the industry was collectively transitioning to USB-C. But even though the rumors about the iPhone 14 devices coming with a USB-C port were abundant, Apple ultimately decided to stick a Lightening port once again in its latest smartphones. Thankfully, Cupertino may finally outfit the 2023 iPhone 15 with USB-C.
The information comes to us courtesy of famed Apple insider Mark Gurman who now thinks that Cupertino will almost certainly use a USB-C port in the next iPhone, possibly the iPhone 15 Ultra, in 2023 complying with EU regulations a full year before the deadline. The analyst also claims that the upcoming entry-level iPad 10 will get the USB-C port this year, leaving only the AirPods Pro/Max and Magic series accessories as the only Apple devices without USB-C.
Gurman suspects that Apple will move its entire product stack to USB-C soon as he posits the next AirPods refresh including the new AirPods Max will also see the USB-C upgrade. But Apple’s USB-C mobile devices may not exist for long as the analyst believes Cupertino wants to make its gadgets completely wireless and we may see the doomed 2017 AirPower return in some form.
Gurman adds, “At some point in the next few years, Apple will probably begin transitioning entirely to inductive charging on the iPhone and iPad, matching the Apple Watch.”
In short, the era of Lightning may finally be coming to an end and we are all here for it.