iPhone already in testing to ditch Lightning for USB-C

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hot butt in heels Leaks From trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who claims that Apple will finally abandon its own Lightning connector for the widely supported USB-C standard in future iPhones, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is adding some credibility of his own to the rumors. Earlier today, he mentioned that “people familiar with the situation” are telling him that a test for Replace Lightning with USB-C is already going on.

For those who are tired of fiddling with dozens of different cables, this is pretty great news. Kuo has said in the past that Apple has been Reluctance to give up Its own Lightning connector, which non-Apple devices don’t use, because it’s better for “MFI’s business profitability” and because it has a higher waterproof spec than USB. But there’s no arguing against the convenience of being able to use the same cable for all of your devices, and Apple is all about convenience.

However, let’s not praise Apple too much for this potential move. When Kuo made his initial leak, which was based on a survey among his industry sources, he was doing so shortly after the EU’s Market and Consumer Protection Committee They voted for the legislation That would force companies to adopt USB-C on all small and medium-sized devices.

While making the Universal Serial Bus port truly universal, this change will also provide these gadgets with faster transfer and charging speeds that USB-C is proud of. USB-C cables, being a newer standard than Lightning, can transfer data at up to 40Gbps, while Lightning still beats USB 2’s maximum speed of 480Mbps. A lot of Apple’s ecosystem gets around this by focusing on downloads, but Lightning is clearly getting quite a bit in the tooth at this point.

Of course, since most of Apple’s current ecosystem is built on Lightning connectors, the company will also need to build a Lightning to USB-C adapter for any new iPhones, USB-C, or other devices. Bloomberg says this, too, is being tested. However, while the switch to USB-C would be a boon to anyone just switching to Apple, it could prove to be a thorn in the side for anyone who has already bought deeply into the Apple ecosystem. Third-party accessory makers, who make devices such as car chargers and adapters, will need to redesign their products if change passes.

When will the iPhone switch to USB-C?

But any changes, according to Bloomberg, won’t happen until “2023 at the earliest”. Note that when we reported on the Kuo leak, we mentioned the iPhone 15, not the iPhone 14. In other words, don’t stop buying Apple gear just because future models will likely be easier to connect to the rest of your devices. This change remains elusive, and is still in the rumor mill stage.

Overall, though, such a move would make Apple’s ecosystem more equitable, as would any change away from locking hardware to a monopoly level. At the same time, Apple can overcome the problem make A completely portless iPhone that only focuses on charging MagSafe. However, this may close the connection with some cars, as well as slow down the charging and data transfer speed.

Will the Apple TV price drop?

The iPhone isn’t the only Apple device that was Kuo pridect By the way. Earlier today, he said that Apple will launch “a new version of the Apple TV that improves the cost structure” in the second half of this year.

The cheapest Apple TV, which accurately outperforms 1080p, costs $150. The best-in-class 4K model starts at $179. Meanwhile, the 4K-enabled Roku Streaming Stick costs just $50. While we don’t know the details of Apple’s new “cost structure”, it’s clear the discount is off, even if Apple’s offerings have some leeway as premium hardware.

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