Apple is testing iPhones that use the industry-standard USB-C port, in line with a report in Bloomberg citing folks with information of the scenario.
Since 2012, Apple’s smartphones have used the corporate’s proprietary Lightning connector. However extra lately, the marginally bigger USB-C port has come to dominate client electronics, together with most of Apple’s different merchandise. Customers, reviewers, and even authorities regulators have known as for Apple to drop Lightning in favor of USB-C lately.
This has led Apple to a troublesome spot, with three doable paths ahead, every with some important downsides.
On one hand, the corporate might persist with Lightning—that may imply that prospects who’ve been utilizing the iPhone for some time would not have to purchase new adapters, wires, or chargers. Apple’s ecosystem of accessory-makers would not have to return to the drafting board to launch up to date merchandise for the brand new connection.
On the opposite, Apple might change to USB-C, making the iPhone play extra properly with different devices, together with the Mac. However that transfer might set off client confusion and chaos amongst accessory-makers. It could additionally loosen Apple’s management over the consumer expertise.
The third possibility can be to go all-wireless, however wi-fi connections often do not transmit energy or information as rapidly or effectively.
In accordance with Bloomberg’s sources, Apple is actively testing the second possibility—switching to USB-C—in no small half as a result of the European Union seems to be shifting ahead with a legislation that may require firms that make “cellphones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld video-game consoles and transportable audio system” to standardize round USB-C.
The brand new legislation is not remaining but, however its prospects are good up to now, and it could power Apple’s hand right here. The sources aren’t sure whether or not Apple will proceed with its plan to modify to USB-C ought to the legislation finally fall via.
That mentioned, the USB-C fashions Apple is testing proper now usually are not focusing on a 2022 launch—this yr’s iPhones will reportedly nonetheless use Lightning. However the change might occur as quickly as 2023, in line with the report.