That is what sources say to Bloomberg, which is more often able to report correct information about future Apple products. The transition from Lightning to USB-C would not take place until 2023 at the earliest. That is what the well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said earlier this week. The iPhone 15 would then be the first iPhone with a USB-C port.
Apple is also working on an adapter that will allow future iPhones to work with accessories that have a Lightning connector, according to Bloomberg.
Apple already uses USB-C in many iPads and Macs, but the AirPods, the Apple TV remote and many other accessories, for example, still use Lightning. The USB-C adapter that Apple is working on should solve that problem. According to Bloomberg, it is not yet clear whether Apple includes that adapter in the box.
In recent years, most Android smartphones and many other gadgets have already received USB-C ports. Compared to Lightning, USB-C offers faster charging and transfer speeds.
EU to make USB-C mandatory
The main reason for Apple to switch to USB-C is the European Union’s plan to oblige manufacturers of all kinds of devices to use USB-C. Those rules should come into effect in 2024.
Apple resisted that proposal for years, which the company says would limit innovation. With the obligation, the EU hopes to combat the growing mountain of electronic waste (e-waste).
According to Bloomberg, it is possible that Apple will come with a European iPhone version, while the Lightning port elsewhere in the iPhone would remain.