According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is currently testing iPhones that replace the Lightning connector with a USB-C port. Gurman claims if Apple decides to make this change, it will not happen until 2023. This might suggest that the iPhone 15 will be the first USB-C iPhone to hit store shelves.
USB-C iPhones could arrive in 2023
Gurman shares similar news on Twitter . days after Ming-Chi Kuo shared similar information. Kuo received responses from supply chain surveys and concluded that Apple plans to abandon Lightning for USB-C when the iPhone launches in the second half 2023.. That would undoubtedly be the iPhone 15.
This is not the first time we have heard rumors about Apple switching to USB-C connectors. Apple actually has USB-C connectors in the iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad mini. It seemed only a matter time before the iPhone got on board.
Gurman claims that Apple is working on an adapter to allow future iPhones to connect with accessories that use the Lightning connector. Knowing Apple, this simple adapter will probably cost upwards of $30 (but Gurman doesn’t speculate on the price).
Gurman notes that Apple has been working to create a portless iPhone for a while. Although this would eliminate the need to charge cables, there are no recent leaks or rumors that the portless iPhone may be near ready.
Why would Apple make this switch?
If Apple does abandon Lightning, it will have less control over accessory markets. As Gurman notes in his report, Apple charges accessory makers to use the Lightning connector and also makes them go th