For years, the consumer technology industry has struggled to standardize the use of USB Type-C for everything from external hard drives to display ports and mobile phone chargers. Most of the world’s technology has moved to USB-C, with the exception of Apple’s iPhone and their peripherals. Almost a decade later, the iPhone may finally get USB-C.
This report is produced by Apple analyst and insider Ming-Chi Kuo , who – with a 72.5% accuracy rate across over 100 leaks – has historically offered a solid insight into Apple’s inner workings.
Kuo recently stated that the 2023 iPhone will use a USB-C port for the first time, instead of the proprietary Lighting connector that has been used on all iPhones since 2012. Since the rest of the industry had long since moved to USB-C, Apple remained the only mobile phone maker to stick with older and proprietary technologies.
However, perhaps even more exciting is the fact that, according to Kuo , the iPhone is not the only Apple device that intends to ditch Lightning. All current Apple accessories that use such a port will reportedly migrate to the new USB-C standard . These devices and accessories include Apple’s Airpods; Magsafe battery; magic keyboard; magic mouse; and Magic Trackpad are some of the more common ones.
While this is just a minor disappointment, having to carry around multiple cables for Apple products has always been a disappointment nonetheless. If what Kuo claims turns out to be true, then we may soon be witnessing the end of the iPhone era and a resurgence in a new era of USB-C.