Kuo: 2023 new iPhone will abandon Lightning port and switch to USB-C port

May 12, 2022

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo send twitter show that Apple will ditch the proprietary Lightning port and switch to USB-C on all or possibly some iPhone 15 series models scheduled to launch in the second half of 2023.

Apple has kept the Lightning port on the ‌iPhone‌ since the ‌iPhone‌ 5, even though much of the industry has moved to USB-C. Ming-Chi Kuo said the latest supply chain survey shows that Apple will drop Lightning in favor of USB-C in 2023. Kuo said that USB-C will increase the transfer speed of the iPhone and increase the charging speed.

 

Why did Apple change the charging interface? One possible reason for Apple's change of heart is pressure from the European Union.

The European Union continues to push through new legislation to force Apple to adopt USB-C on all iPhones, iPads and AirPods sold in Europe. Such legislation, if passed, would require Apple to ship specially designed USB-C-equipped models to Europe. The EU wants all phones to use interoperable chargers, USB-C ports that can speed up the transfer of accessories like cameras, and moving to USB-C will simplify that workflow, make transferring files easier, and get a wider range of USB -C accessory ecosystem support.



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