Apple may be about to change iPhone charging port. According to a Bloomberg’s reportthe company is testing new iPhones and adapters with USB-C, which is what MacBooks and iPads are used to, not to mention a lot of devices outside of Apple’s ecosystem. We have reached out to Apple for confirmation and have yet to receive a response.
By Bloomberg sources say that the adapter being tested could “allow future iPhones to work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector.” That means Lightning-to-USB-C adapters for things like credit card scanners or flash drives that plug into existing iPhones. BloombergThe report notes that if Apple “makes a change, it won’t happen until 2023 at the earliest.”
While Apple’s decision to change ports is the subject of much joke in popular culture, a move USB-C may indeed be welcome. The more widespread standard is only slightly larger than Lightning, but can deliver faster power and data. This change could also make life much easier for people who already use USB-C to charge most of their devices and still have to carry around their iPhone-only Lightning cable.
Apple’s motivations for potential change may not be entirely altruistic. EU has promote universal phone charging Standard for several years, and recently proposed legislation that would make USB-C a mandatory port for all handheld devices. The USB-C test on the iPhone would just be Apple recognizing the writing on the wall. However, if this happens, it will not only be convenient for most people already using USB-C for the most part, but it will also mean less e-waste in the future.
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