Apple is reportedly preparing to package the USB Type-C port on its future iPhone models. The Cupertino-based company is gearing up to replace the old Lightning charging port with USB Type-C on handsets. However, the change might not happen until 2023. Currently, Apple’s MacBook and iPad models have a USB Type-C port. The tech giant is also reportedly working on an adapter that would allow future iPhones to work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector.
According to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is working on changing the iPhone’s charging port and the company is testing new iPhones and adapters with USB Type-C connectivity. According to the report, Apple will likely keep the Lightning connector for new models this year and the change “won’t happen until 2023” at the earliest.
Currently, Apple’s iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini offer USB Type-C connectivity, while accessories like AirPods and the Apple TV Remote use the Lightning connector. The European Union’s push to mandate a universal charger for smartphones is believed to be the main driver behind Apple’s decision to consider the switch. The European Commission believes that a standard cable for all devices will also reduce electronic waste.
The report comes days after reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that Apple will replace the Lightning port with USB-C in the second half of 2023. Alleged iPhone 15 models will be equipped with a USB Type-C port.
Apple first introduced the Lightning port with the iPhone 5 in 2012. The company added the USB Type-C port to the MacBook Pro in 2016.
The company is reportedly working on the iPhone 14 series. The lineup is expected to include four models – iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Max, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.