Apple has been using the Lightning port for so long on its iPhone lineup that it just feels standard at this point. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not time to move on. With the adoption of USB-C, even by Apple itself at this point, the company’s refusal to switch to the port for the smartphone has seemed stubborn at best.
Things might be changing in the near-ish future. Not as soon as this year, though, unfortunately. If you’ll recall, earlier this week analyst Ming-Chi Kuo went ahead and said that he expects Apple to adopt a USB-C port for the iPhone starting in 2023. Which means we should expect to see the “big change” in 2023. That’s not too far away, and, honestly, after waiting as long as we have it feels like it’s right around the corner.
But, just in case you weren’t sold by Kuo’s estimation for Apple’s plans in the future, Bloomberg is here to help. Today, the publication published a story that essentially confirms the analyst’s expectations, saying that Apple is indeed testing iPhones with a USB-C port, essentially dropping the Lightning port.
Of course, it’s right around now that we should probably note that this is not the first time we’ve heard Apple is going to adopt USB-C for the iPhone. It’s been rumored off-and-on for quite some time now. And obviously it hasn’t panned out just yet. But, with both Kuo and Bloomberg weighing in, and saying that we should expect to see the change in 2023, it certainly feels a bit more real this time around.
Switching to USB-C makes sense for a variety of reasons, including faster wired charging times. However, more than that, it would mean lining up the essential cables many Apple users have at this point. Apple has made the switch to USB-C for the iPad lineup and MacBook lineup, and there are just some accessories that also need to make the switch (like AirPods Max).
But, we’ll have to wait and see. Are you hoping that next year finally brings USB-C to the iPhone lineup?