Following warm on his heels leaks by trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who claims that Apple will finally abandon the proprietary Lightning socket for the most widely supported USB-C standard in future iPhones, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman adds some credibility to the rumors. Earlier today, he said that “people with knowledge of the situation” told him that the test replace Lightning with USB-C is already in progress.
For those who are tired of juggling dozens of different cables, this is great news. Kuo has said in the past that Apple was reluctant to ditch The Lightning socket, which is not used by non-Apple devices, because it is better for “MFI business profitability” and because it has a higher waterproof standard than USB. But there is no doubt about the convenience of being able to use the same cable for all your devices, and Apple has to do with convenience.
Let’s not praise Apple for this potential move, though. When Kuo made his initial leak, which was based on research among his industry sources, he did so shortly after the EU Market and Consumer Protection Committee voted in favor of the legislation which would force companies to adopt USB-C in all small and medium-sized gadgets.
While it makes the Universal Serial Bus port truly universal, this change would also provide these gadgets with the fastest transfer and charging speeds it can boast of USB-C. USB-C cables, the newer standard from Lightning, can carry data up to 40 Gbps, while Lightning still exceeds the maximum speed of USB 2 at 480 Mbps. Much of Apple’s ecosystem bypasses this by focusing on downloads, but it is clear that Lightning goes a little further at this point.
Of course, because much of Apple’s current ecosystem is built into Lightning sockets, the company will also need to create a Lightning to USB-C adapter for each new iPhone USB-C or other device. Bloomberg says this is also being tested. However, while switching to USB-C would be a blessing to anyone who simply goes to Apple, it can be a thorn in the side of anyone who has already deeply acquired the Apple ecosystem. Third-party accessory makers who create devices such as car chargers and adapters will also need to redesign their products if change passes.
When does the iPhone transfer to USB-C?
However, any changes, according to Bloomberg, would not happen until “2023 at the earliest.” Note that when we mentioned the Kuo leak, we were referring to the iPhone 15, not the iPhone 14. In other words, do not delay in buying Apple equipment just because future models may be easier to connect to the rest of your devices. This change is still a long way off and is still in the rumor phase.
Overall, however, a move like this would make Apple’s ecosystem fairer, as would any change from locking devices to a proprietary standard. At the same time, Apple could address the issue making a completely portable iPhone that focuses exclusively on MagSafe charging. However, this would preclude connectivity for some cars, as well as potentially slowing down charging and data transfer speeds.
Will Apple TV have a price drop?
The iPhone is not the only Apple device that Kuo has making predictions about, by the way. Earlier today, he said Apple would release “a new version of Apple TV that improves cost structure” in the second half of this year.
The cheapest Apple TV, which is completed with a resolution equal to 1080p, costs $ 150. The top 4K model starts at $ 179. Meanwhile, a Roku Streaming Stick that supports 4K costs only $ 50. Although we do not know the specifics of Apple’s new “cost structure”, it is clear that a discount is required, even if Apple’s offers have some margin as premium devices.