Apple expected to drop Lightning port in 2023, iPhone 15 Could be the first USB-C iPhone
Apple is expected to abandon its proprietary Lightning port with the release of the iPhone 15 in 2023, suggested popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst has predicted that the company is going to switch to a USB-C port next year in a couple of tweets. As per Kuo, Apple iPhone released in the second half of 2023 will be the first to make the switch. So if we look at the timing of the previous Apple iPhone releases, it will likely be the iPhone 15.
Kuo has suggested that the company has started to realize that there’s some advantages to USB-C including faster data transfer and charging speed improvements. However, we will see the final result at the launch of the 2023 iPhones.
Kuo said in a tweet that his latest survey indicates that 2H23 (second half of 2023) new iPhone will abandon Lightning port and switch to USB-C port. USB-C could improve iPhone’s transfer and charging speed in hardware designs, but the final spec details still depend on iOS support.
According to Kuo, it is expected to see existing USB-C-related suppliers of Apple’s ecosystem (e.g., IC controller, connector) become the market’s focus in the next 1-2 years, “thanks to vast orders from iPhones and accessories’ adoption of USB-C ports.”
Apple recently added USB-C to its most recent iPads and using USB-C-compatible Thunderbolt ports on many Macs. Let us tell you that the tech giant first introduced the Lightning port standard in September 2012.
The European Union is also considering a proposal that would make USB-C ports mandatory on smartphones and other electronics.
Note that all of this is rumours and speculations, it may come true or not. But, the past few years have seen many of the rumors around the company product has turned out to be true.