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Apple will drop iPhone Lightning port in favor of USB-C in 2023, claims analyst

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Apple is preparing to swap its iPhones’ proprietary Lightning port for the nearly universally adopted USB-C next year, says company analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a pair of tweets, Kuo said Apple would make the switch in 2023, basing that claim on an unspecified “survey” (likely of component makers, from whom Kuo appears to get much of his information for predictions on future Apple products. ).

Kuo said adopting USB-C “could improve iPhone transfer and charging speed in hardware designs, but final specification details are still dependent on iOS support.”

Kuo’s prediction is not unprecedented – rumors and speculation about Apple’s adoption of USB-C for the iPhone have been swirling for years. The smartphone industry as a whole has embraced the reversible USB-C standard, and Apple itself has partly committed, adding USB-C to its most recent iPads and using USB-C compatible Thunderbolt ports. on many Macs. Pressure to change has also come from policymakers, with the EU still considering a proposal that would make USB-C ports mandatory on smartphones and other electronic devices (in a bid to reduce e-waste by standardizing chargers and data cables).

And yet, Apple has always seemed particularly resistant to the idea. It has been suggested that the company would rather manufacture its iPhones without port, relying on wireless charging and data transfer, than hammering its devices with USB-C. And Kuo himself predicted last year that Apple is not given the USB-C ports. In March 2021, he said that Apple plans to keep Lightning ports on the iPhone for the “foreseeable future” — partly to maintain the company’s lucrative Made for ‌iPhone‌ (MFi) program, and partly for a better sealing.

Maybe Lightning just died out. Like MacRumors noted in a recent article, when Apple introduced the standard in September 2012, Phil Schiller called it “a modern connector for the next decade”. Well: it’s May 2022 and the decade is nearly over.

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