Apple’s iPhone would possibly lastly ditch Lightning for USB-C in 2023

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Cease me in case you’ve heard this one earlier than: Apple will lastly begin delivery its iPhone with a USB-C as a substitute of Apple’s proprietary Lightning port subsequent 12 months. Yeah, yeah: We have been listening to the rumors about this since (a minimum of) 2017, however this time it could be completely different. The information comes from usually dependable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who tweeted about it on Wednesday.
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“My newest survey signifies that 2H23 new iPhone will abandon Lightning port and change to USB-C port. USB-C might enhance iPhone’s switch and charging pace in {hardware} designs, however the remaining spec particulars nonetheless depend upon iOS help,” wrote Kuo. Second half of 2023 signifies that the iPhone 16 (or regardless of the one which comes after the one which comes out this 12 months is known as) would be the first iPhone with the USB-C port. The information is not notably shocking given EU’s upcoming rules which might be virtually forcing Apple to make the change, a minimum of in Europe. However these rules are nonetheless in proposal stage, so it’d take years till Apple truly has to do something. Additionally notable is Kuo’s remark that USB-C might enhance iPhone switch and charging pace, although we’ll consider that once we see it.

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