Apple may be in the process of changing the iPhone charging port. according to a Bloomberg reportthe company is testing new iPhones and adapters with USB-C, which is already being used by MacBooks and iPads, not to mention a variety of devices outside of the Apple ecosystem. We’ve asked Apple for confirmation and haven’t received a response yet.
Bloomberg’s Sources said the tested adapter “will allow future iPhones to work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector.” That could mean a Lightning-to-USB-C adapter for things like credit card scanners or flash drives that plug into existing iPhones. BloombergApple’s report noted that if Apple “proceeds with the change, it would not happen until 2023 at the earliest.”
While Apple’s decision to change ports has been the subject of many jokes in popular culture, a switch to USB-C might actually be welcome. The more widely used standard is only slightly larger than Lightning, but can deliver power and data faster. The change could also make life a lot easier for those who already use USB-C to charge most of their devices and still need to carry a Lightning cable just for their iPhones.
Apple’s motivations for the potential change may not be entirely altruistic. The EU has been pushing for a universal standard for charging phones for years, and recently proposed legislation that would make USB-C a mandatory connector for all mobile phones. Testing USB-C on iPhones would just be like Apple recognizing the writing on the wall. Should that happen, not only would it be convenient for most people who are already largely USB-C users, but it could also mean less e-waste in the future.
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