Despite the industry shift to USB-C, Apple has retained the Lightning connector since the iPhone 5. Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst, said today that the most recent supply chain study shows that Apple will abandon Lightning in USB-C in 2023. Kuo said that USB-C would increase the iPhone's data transmission and charging rates.
Initial conjecture suggested that Apple might retain the Lightning connector on the iPhone until it was completely port-free, depending only on MagSafe for charging and file transmission.
MagSafe launched on the iPhone for the first time with iPhone 12 around two years ago, making it a comparatively recent technology for the iPhone. The EU's pressure may have compelled Apple to reevaluate its timeframe for transitioning to a portless design, compelling the company to comply with any impending rules and switch the iPhone to USB-C.
Kuo had previously predicted that Apple would continue to use Lightning on the iPhone for the "near future," citing that moving to USB-C would be detrimental to Apple's MiFi industry and has inferior waterproof specifications.
Currently, Apple has purportedly altered its tone. EU pressure might be a contributing factor to Apple's change of heart. Numerous Apple iPads currently have USB-C for quicker data transmission from cameras.
Apple has targeted photographers and filmmakers with its top-notch iPhones, but the Lightning connector hinders the transmission of huge video and image data. A transition to USB-C would simplify this procedure, making file transmission simpler and be backed by a wider system of USB-C peripherals.
The EU remains committed to implementing new laws that would require Apple to implement USB-C on all AirPods, iPads, and iPhones sold in Europe. If enacted, such a law would oblige Apple to deliver Europe-specific variants of its devices equipped with USB-C while distributing Lightning to the remaining countries or embrace USB-C for all its product lines.
The Europe Union on Wednesday disclosed plans to enforce a universal outlet regulation on technology producers, mandating the adoption of USB-C connections. The iPhone manufacturer informed TechRadar that it was not pleased with the proposal.
The EU's proposal – which is not yet final or legally binding – states that smartphone manufacturers will have 24 months to transform to the universal plug category, and Thierry Breton, the EU's Internal Market Comptroller, noted that it would not expressly forbid alternative options like Apple's Lightning port.
Apple is 'worried' that the iPhone 14 will be the last model with a Lightning connector owing to an EU ban proposal. For Apple, this would indicate that the iPhone 14 of 2022 would likely keep the Lightning connector, but the iPhone 15, which may debut in 2023, would either quadruple the number of ports or adopt a new connector.
The company remains worried that rigid legislation requiring just one kind of connection stifles creativity rather than fostering it - an Apple spokesperson told Techradar. He explains that this situation would affect customers in Europe and throughout the globe.
Apple will continue to collaborate with the Europe Commission, despite fears that the verdict might undermine the company's ecosystem and that the 24-month transitional period is insufficient.