Apple is reportedly testing iPhones with USB-C ports, but the first equipped devices won’t arrive until next year at the earliest.
Apple may soon change the charging port of its iPhones. According to a Bloomberg report, the company is currently testing the iPhone and adapter with the port. USB-C, a connector already used by MacBooks and other iPads, not to mention most devices outside the Apple ecosystem. Engadget has contacted the Cupertino company on the subject, without any response, for the time being, from the interested party.
Apple to test iPhone with USB-C port
According to Bloomberg sources, the adapter in testing “will allow future iPhones to work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector.” So it would be a question of a Lightning-USB-C adapter for a credit card reader or external drive, for example, that would plug into an existing iPhone. The Bloomberg report also said that if Apple “decides to continue down this path, this change will happen no earlier than 2023 at the earliest.”
Although the Cupertino company’s decision to switch technology for this port has been the subject of much derision, switching to USB-C would indeed be very welcome. Today’s largest connectors are only slightly larger than the standard Lightning, but can deliver more power and transfer data faster. It will certainly make life easier even for those who already use USB-C to charge their other devices and only need to carry a Lightning cable for the iPhone.
But the first equipped devices won’t arrive until next year at the earliest.
Apple’s intentions, on the other hand, may not be entirely altruistic. Indeed, the European Union has been pushing for several years to adopt a universal standard for smartphone charging. Recently, a bill would make USB-C mandatory on these devices. The fact that Apple is testing an iPhone with USB-C will mean the tech giant will comply with the law, even if it doesn’t take effect yet. And if that were the case, then just having UBS-C, or almost having it, would also lead to a reduction in electronic waste.
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