An I Phone With USD C Port Can This Time Be A Reality ?
An iPhone equipped with a USB-C port may have once been deemed implausible, but the latest rumors indicate that its arrival is sooner than expected. Amid regulatory resistance and the limitations of the Lightning connector, it is anticipated that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro will transition to USB-C during the upcoming autumn. Continue reading for the most recent updates regarding the information available.
Apple’s decision driven by regulatory pressure
Various factors have contributed to Apple’s apparent change of stance towards launching a USB-C iPhone. However, one particularly noteworthy factor is the imminent legislation being implemented worldwide.
Following years of deliberation, the European Union has officially reached a consensus on adopting a “common charging port” standard. Starting from 2024, all smartphones sold within the EU’s 27 countries will be mandated to utilize USB-C for charging, encompassing devices such as the iPhone and peripheral accessories like AirPods.
Apple has opposed legislation that would enforce USB-C as a mandatory requirement for iPhones. The company argues that such laws hinder innovation and result in increased environmental waste.
After the EU finalized its legislation, lawmakers in the United States expressed their support and called for similar measures to be implemented. Senator Elizabeth Warren has echoed this sentiment in a Twitter post.
The European Union Legislation On C Port Devices
The legislation in the European Union was officially approved in early October after a comprehensive vote in the European Parliament. The law received significant support, with 602 votes in favor, 13 votes against, and 8 abstentions. It includes provisions that allow for exemptions for products that are too small to incorporate a USB-C port.
Subsequently, on December 27, 2022, the USB-C law was officially documented and enacted. According to the law, companies are given a deadline of December 28, 2024, to ensure compliance with the requirement when introducing new smart devices.
A Port-Less I Phone ?
Back in 2019, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made the initial prediction that Apple would release a port-less iPhone as early as 2021. However, that prediction did not materialize. The reason for this is evident – wireless technologies are not yet reliable or powerful enough to fully replace connectors like Lightning or USB-C. Charging speeds are slower, data transfer is less efficient and inconsistent, and widespread consumer adoption has not yet been achieved.
Nevertheless, Apple is still actively working on a port-less iPhone and conducting internal tests. However, it is unlikely that we will see such a device available to the public this year or the next.
The Lightning connector, introduced in 2012 with the iPhone 5, is starting to show its age. Apple’s Phil Schiller initially proclaimed it as the “modern connector for the next decade.” However, as we approach the end of that decade, it is evident that Lightning lags behind USB-C in terms of charging and data transfer speeds.
This brings us to the present situation. Last May, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the upcoming iPhone 15, slated for release this year, will feature a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. This report was later supported by Bloomberg, which also mentioned the possibility of the iPhone 15 transitioning to a USB-C port next year.
In an interview, Apple marketing executive Greg Joswiak even acknowledged that Apple will have no choice but to comply with EU legislation, effectively confirming that an iPhone with USB-C is on the horizon.
Finally, exclusive CAD files obtained by 9to5Mac for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro confirm the presence of a USB-C port instead of Lightning. This information is further substantiated by other leaked images of the iPhone 15 circulating on Twitter.
Apple Is Looking For Ways To Control The USB C Cables
Interestingly, multiple reports have indicated that Apple is exploring options to maintain a degree of control over the accessory ecosystem for the iPhone. According to one report, the USB-C port on the iPhone 15 could potentially have certain features restricted to Apple-certified cables.
In March, reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that the transition to USB-C would facilitate faster charging speeds for the iPhone 15. However, these increased charging speeds are expected to be exclusive to USB-C cables that have been certified by Apple. Currently, the maximum charging speed supported by the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro is up to 20W, while the Pro models can reach up to 27W.
When can we expect the release of the iPhone 15 with USB-C?
Apple is anticipated to launch the iPhone 15 featuring USB-C during the upcoming autumn. Currently, Apple’s release plans appear to be on track, with expectations for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro lineups to be announced and made available in September.
In conclusion, the introduction of a USB-C iPhone is likely to please many consumers, particularly those who already own an iPad or Mac that utilizes USB-C. However, considering the vast number of iPhone users, Apple is likely to face criticism for changing the charging connector of the iPhone, even though a transition to USB-C is arguably the right decision and long overdue.
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