Mark Gurman: iPhones are moving to USB-C measure next year, but it’s “just a stopgap”
Apple will make the jump to USB-C with next year’s iPhone 15 series – Bloomberg Analyst Mark Gurman is sure of it, writing “iPhone 15 is essentially a lock to get USB-C in fall 2023, beating the mandate by a year.”
The iPhone 14 series was supposed to be the last in the family with a Lightning port
The new EU law technically applies to new portable electronic devices sold from the fall of 2024 onwards, allowing Apple to squeeze in another year of using the Lightning port. But Gurman believes that Cupertino will not wait until the last possible moment.
In fact, the analyst writes that the base iPad, the last remaining Apple tablet with Lightning, will switch to USB-C later this year. Then the iPhone 15 series will do the same next year.
It’s not the only Apple devices that use the Lightning port – AirPods do, of course, but so do select peripherals like the Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad. They will also gradually transition to USB-C.
Some devices like Apple’s Magic Keyboard also use Lightning for charging
The EU law specifically exempts devices that only support wireless charging – like the Apple Watch. Gurman believes that Apple’s use of USB-C will be short-lived and that the company’s ultimate goal is to only use wireless charging like MagSafe. Lightning has been with us for a decade now, but iPhones with USB-C won’t stick around for nearly as long, the analyst predicts. Even iPads are expected to ditch wired charging in the future.
Why has Apple been so adamant about using USB-C on iPhones (when it already uses it on iPads and Macs)? Gurman believes this is because it wants to present the switch as its own idea rather than something that was mandated by law. With iPhone Pros now capable of shooting 48MP RAW photos, not to mention 4K ProRes videos, USB 2.0 speeds from Lightning just don’t cut it (Wi-Fi is faster, if you were worried the wireless-only future). ).
Apple will switch to wireless charging exclusively for the iPhone and even iPads, predicts Mark Gurman
You can follow the source link to read Mark Gurman’s thoughts on Apple’s move to USB-C. This edition of the Switch on the newsletter also goes into Google’s launch of the Pixel 7 series and the Pixel Watch.