The more the months pass, the more the end of the Lightning seems to be confirmed little by little. It appears that Apple is currently testing iPhones with USB-C connectivity, which adds credibility to previous leaks.
On the heels of trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s announcement that Apple will eventually ditch its proprietary Lightning connector for the USB-C standard in future iPhones, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is now adding his own stone to the story. building by declaring that people with knowledge of the situation » told him that tests to replace Lightning with USB-C are already underway.
Apple would have tested iPhone prototypes with USB-C ports in recent months and the company was also working on an adapter that would allow iPhones equipped with this connection to continue to work with accessories designed for the Lightning connector. As usual, you’ll probably need to get this adapter separately, and this would then be added to the long list of adapters needed to run all devices in the Apple ecosystem.
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Mark Gurman corroborates Ming-Chi Kuo’s information by adding thatApple could adopt USB-C in 2023 at the earliest, because the iPhone 14s that will arrive in the fall of 2022 will be well equipped with Lightning cables.
If Apple really were to replace its Lightning connector with USB-C next year, the company would therefore have quickly complied with the decisions of the EUwhich recently announced that it will force all manufacturers to adopt a universal charger as early as 2024.
We rather imagined Apple never adopting USB-C on its smartphones. The manufacturer could have opted for a 100% wireless design before being forced to change connectors. However, Mark Gurman’s report does not mention an iPhone without ports, which indicates that such a smartphone is not yet planned in the short term.
Either way, this change will also allow Apple devices to benefit from faster transfer and upload speeds that USB-C boasts. USB-C cables, using a newer standard than Lightning, can transfer data at speeds of up to 40 Gbps, whereas Lightning still maxes out at USB 2’s 480 Mbps max speed.
Source : Bloomberg