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Apple's move to USB-C could be short-lived

By Cookie Monster - on 10 Oct 2022, 12:00am

Apple's move to USB-C could be short-lived

The Apple iPhone 14 lineup is still using the Lightning port.

With the European Parliament mandating all manufacturers to adopt USB-C as the charging port by end 2024, Apple will have to make the move to USB-C for the iPhone and other devices. However, this shift to USB-C could be temporary according to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg. 

Gurman says the USB-C era for Apple devices will be "far shorter-lived" than the 30-pin iPod connector and the Lightning port. He believes Apple is aiming for a wireless-first future for its devices with some variant of the cancelled AirPower technology being implemented within the next 10 years. Similar to the Apple Watch, Apple is likely to rely on inductive charging for the iPhone and iPad.

For now, the iPhone 15 will adopt the USB-C standard by the end of 2023 while the entry-level iPad should switch to USB-C by the end of this year. For the next generation of iPhone SE, Gurman is less certain. Apple could still launch the iPhone SE in March 2024 with a Lightning port as it is a new device launched before the end of 2024. If this is the case, the 2025 or 2026 model would have to switch to USB-C.

The AirPods lineup (AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max) should switch to USB-C by 2024. As for the Mac, Gurman expects major updates next year for the iMac and Mac Pro.

Source: Bloomberg

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