Reliable leaker claims Apple will finally ditch Lightning port for USB-C in its 2023 iPhones

In 2012, Apple caused massive hysteria among iPhone owners when it switched the original 30-pin charging port to the current Lightning port.

Now a reliable leaker is claiming that Apple may be preparing to change the charging point for a second time.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will finally ditch the Lightning port for USB-C in its 2023 iPhone, reportedly dubbed the iPhone 15.

The leak comes shortly after the EU unveiled plans to force all new smartphones – including iPhones – to use USB-C as standard.

Apple has previously resisted calls to switch to USB-C, amid claims it would generate “an unprecedented amount of electronic waste” and stifle innovation.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo Claims Apple Will Finally Ditch the Lightning Port for USB-C in its 2023 iPhone, Reportedly Called the iPhone 15

Why has Apple resisted USB-C?

Apple has previously resisted calls to switch to USB-C, amid claims it would generate “an unprecedented amount of electronic waste” and stifle innovation.

Last year, an Apple spokesperson said: “We believe that regulations imposing harmonization of smartphone chargers would stifle rather than encourage innovation.

“It will harm consumers in Europe and the economy as a whole.”

It is believed that the company also prefers its proprietary cable because of its higher water resistance than USB-C.

In addition, Apple is able to regulate the quality of lightning cables and accessories through the “Made for ‌iPhone‌” program.

This is also a source of profit that the company is likely to be reluctant to part with.

However, Apple transitioned its iPad tablets to USB-C in 2018.

Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities, leaked the news Twitter this week.

“My latest research indicates that the 2H23 new iPhone will leave the Lightning port and switch to the USB-C port,” he wrote.

USB-C could improve iPhone transfer and charging speed in hardware designs, but final specs still depend on iOS support.

Existing USB-C related suppliers of Apple’s ecosystem (e.g. IC controller, connector) are expected to become the focus of the market in the next 1-2 years, thanks to huge orders of iPhones and accessories’ adoption of USB-C ports .’

The change would bring iPhones in line with many of Apple’s products that already use USB-C chargers, including the latest iPad and MacBook models, as well as most Android smartphones.

In September last year, the EU decided to equip all smartphones with USB-C ports from 2022, in an effort to reduce waste.

Apple has long refuted this argument, suggesting that forcing users away from the lightning cable would instead create an “unprecedented volume” of waste.

In addition, Apple states that the switch could cost consumers up to 1.5 billion euros.

“Apple stands for innovation and cares deeply about the customer experience,” an Apple spokesperson told MailOnline.

“One of Apple’s most innovative ideas is building products with recycled and renewable materials.

“We share the European Commission’s commitment to protecting the environment and are already carbon neutral on all our corporate emissions worldwide, and by 2030 every Apple device and its use will be carbon neutral.

“We make products that improve people’s lives, making everyday tasks easier and more efficient, including how you charge and transfer data on your device.

“We remain concerned that strict regulations requiring only one type of connector are stifling rather than encouraging innovation, which in turn will hurt consumers in Europe and around the world.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo leaked the news on Twitter this week

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo leaked the news on Twitter this week

USB-C is an industry standard connector for transmitting both data and power over a single cable

USB-C is an industry standard connector for transmitting both data and power over a single cable

What is USB-C?

USB-C is an industry standard connector for transmitting both data and power on a single cable.

It was developed by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the group of companies that developed, certified and led the USB standard over the years.

Members of USB-IF include Apple, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft and Samsung.

At first glance, the USB-C connector resembles the micro-USB connector used in old Android smartphones.

However, it is more oval in shape and slightly thicker.

One of the best features of the USB-C is its ‘flippability’, meaning it has no ‘correct’ orientation and can be used either way.

“We look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders to help find a solution that protects consumer interests, as well as the industry’s ability to innovate and bring exciting new technology to users.”

It is estimated that 420 million mobile phones and other portable electronic devices were sold in the European Union last year, many of which require charging or data transfer cables to operate.

According to the European Commission, the average person living in the union owns at least three chargers.

Two of these are regularly used.

However, 38 percent of people have reported that they can’t charge their phone at least once because they couldn’t find a compatible charger.

“Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices,” said EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton.

‘With more and more devices, more and more chargers are sold that are not interchangeable or not needed.

‘We’ll put an end to that.

“With our proposal, European consumers can use a single charger for all their portable electronics.

According to him, this is ‘an important step to increase convenience and reduce waste’.

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