On May 11th, 2022, Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple analyst, released a statement saying that the iPhone 15 lineup will switch to USB-C next year. He said the iPhone manufacturer will ditch the Lightning port and switch to USB-C on some or all the models of the iPhone 15 lineup which will launch in the second half of 2023.
Apple has kept the Lightning port on the iPhone even as other manufacturers have moved to USB-C. But according to Kuo, all that will change in 2023. But is this change valuable for consumers using Apple products? The analyst thinks so. He noted that USB-C would improve charging speeds and transfer speeds on the iPhone.
Apple has no choice but to adopt USB-C because of looming EU regulations. The EU wants all manufacturers to adopt USB-C chargers in order to reduce environmental pollution. This move will also benefit consumers by reducing vendor lock-in.
What Are the Features of the Lightning Connector?
1. A Proprietary Connector by Apple
The Lightning connector is an 8-pin connector with a digital signal. Unlike USB-A or B connectors, it can be inserted face up or face down. Every iPhone since the iPhone 5 has featured the Lightning connector. However, Apple has transitioned some of its devices to USB-C—like the MacBook Pro and iPad Air.
2. It’s Waterproof
The Lightning connector features a wedge-shaped pin and a rubber gasket that squeeze to create a vacuum, making the charging port waterproof. The Lightning connector is also waterproof.
The Lightning connector is fully reversible, so it doesn’t matter which way it’s facing as you plug it into the Lightning port. It transfers power and data, and replacement cables are really easy to find. But since it’s proprietary, only a few devices use it.
Why Is Moving to USB-C Good for Apple?
1. Better Charging Speeds
Lightning connectors can handle up to 12W of power while USB-C cables can handle up to 100 watts. Laptops consume a lot of power and need about 60 watts to charge fast, and USB-C delivers it.
2. It’s Easier to Transfer Files
Devices using the Lightning connector transfer data at USB 2.0 speeds (about 480Mbps). Those using USB-C can transfer data at 5Gbps. New USB-C connectors use USB 3.1 as the default protocol which transfers data at 10Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen 2).
3. USB-C Is Compatible with Devices with the Common Standard
The USB‑C format and most USB‑C connectors and cables are backward compatible. This means you can use your USB‑C connector on older USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices. The Lightning connector is also backwards compatible, but it only works with Apple devices.
4. Versatile and Can Be Used in Multiple Devices and Carry Multiple Signals Simultaneously
USB-C connectors are versatile and can be used in many devices. USB-C’s support for sending simultaneous video signals allows users to connect to and power a HDMI, native DisplayPort, or MHL device. With the proper adapter and cables, they can connect to almost anything.
5. Supports Various USB Standards Such as USB 3.1 And USB PD
USB-C is compatible with different USB standards. When combined with USB-PD’s adaptable power output, the connector is able to charge a wide range of devices.
What Are the Effects of Connector Switching for Consumers?
1. Consumers Who Haven’t Used a USB-C Port May Need to Buy New Chargers and Charging Cables
Since Apple may drop the Lightning connector very soon (2023 is just around the corner), those thinking of buying Apple devices will have to get USB-C chargers and charging cables. Rumor has it that Apple has already started testing iPhones with USB-C ports, so change is inevitable. Get a USB-C charger now and prepare yourself for the future.
2. Available to Plug in Other Useful Additions Such as Flash Drives, Keyboards
With a USB-C connector, you’ll be able to use peripherals like webcams, keyboards, and digital cameras. And the best part is that the connectors are easily available.
3. The Charging Setups Can Be Simplified
Apple only uses USB-C on its iPads and MacBooks. So this means if you own an iPad and an iPhone, you need different connectors. When Apple switches to USB-C, those with multiple Apple devices will have an easier time charging them.
Get a RAVPower USB-C Phone Charger and Prepare Yourself for Unavoidable Change
Change is coming, and the best way to prepare for it is to arm yourself with the right tools. Get a RAVPower USB-C phone charger and power all your future Apple devices. Here are two we recommend.
This RAVPower USB-C phone charger can quickly charge your iPhone and iPad. It is 3 times faster than standard chargers and can charge an iPhone 11 Pro in just 30 minutes (taking it from 0 to 50%). It is smaller than most chargers in its category, so you can carry it everywhere you go. Foldable pins make it more portable and prevent damage.
The USB-C PD charger has a total output of 30 watts and features two ports: a 12W USB-A port and an 18W USB-C PD 3. 0 port. It is compatible with a majority of USB-C enabled phones and tablets. Its built-in safety features keep your devices safe as it charges them. The small wall charger is ideal for business travelers and busy professionals.
If you own multiple devices, get a RAVPower USB desktop charger and charge them all at once without having absolute chaos. They have long charging cables and will keep your desk clutter-free.
USB-C PD chargers can charge devices up to 70% faster than standard 5W chargers. This means you’ll spend less time charging your devices and won’t waste any time.
Get this 120W PD RAVPower USB-C phone charger before Apple makes the big switch to USB-C in the future. Due to its high power output and multiple charging options, the charger is futureproofed. It can charge all the devices on your desktop, including your earphones and wireless mouse. Its massive charging power is enough to fully charge a 16-inch MacBook Pro in just 1.7 hours.
GaN technology allows the charger to produce 20% more power than other 100W desktop chargers without getting hot. The charger is compatible with almost all USB-C and USB-A powered devices and comes in a compact size.