Apple to announce iPhone 15 with USB-C port instead of the Lightning connector

Apple to announce iPhone 15 with USB-C port instead of the Lightning connector

Apple is set to announce the iPhone 15 in the coming days, and there is high expectation for a significant change after 11 years.

The iPhone 15 is widely expected to ditch Apple’s proprietary Lighting charges in favour of USB-C charging, a significant step that might simplify charging access across several devices and brands.

This transformation follows the European Union’s recent decision to require USB-C connectivity for smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, portable speakers, and other small devices by 2024.

This regulation is intended to decrease the clutter of chargers and cords that consumers face when purchasing new gadgets by allowing them to mix and match devices and chargers from different manufacturers.

While this change in iPhone design is significant, it is not entirely groundbreaking, as Apple has already implemented USB-C charging on its iPads and MacBooks. However, until recently, the company has been hesitant to make the change on the iPhone.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, previously emphasised the importance and popularity of the Lightning charger, which is designed for speedier device charging, while noting the necessity to comply with the EU rule.

Apple to announce iPhone 15 with USB-C port instead of the Lightning connector

The EU’s move is consistent with broader efforts to combat e-waste, but it may result in an increase in electronic trash at first as consumers phase out their Lightning cables. Apple may need to implement a cable recycling programme.

Apple’s financial interests also play a role in its resistance to change. The Lightning charger, introduced in 2012 with the iPhone 5, generated revenue from cable sales and related accessories.

Apple also profited from third-party accessories through its Made For iPhone program. Switching to USB-C could reduce this level of control, although Apple could potentially create its own branded USB-C cable.

As for iPhone users, it remains uncertain whether all iPhone 15 models or only the Pro versions will transition to USB-C. While the shift alone may not be a sole motivator for upgrades, it could influence consumers who have been hesitant due to charging limitations.

The iPhone 15 devices are expected to include a new cable in the box. Given the widespread use of USB-C in other devices, most users should have access to compatible charging cables without much difficulty or expense.

Ultimately, this move toward a universal charging system is likely to benefit users in the long run, despite initial adjustments. Apple may also explore wireless charging in the future, but for now, it’s constrained by the slower charging speed of wireless technology.


What Benefit does USB-C offer over Lightning?

The switch to USB-C may result in additional benefits and advantages for iPhone customers. For example, you might charge your iPhone with the same charger that powers other devices like your MacBook laptop or iPad.

Given that USB-C has been common on most products for the better part of a decade, there is also a robust accessory ecosystem. Many Apple products, including the iPad Air, iPad Pro, and MacBook range, already use USB-C rather than Lightning.

The transition to USB-C may result in speedier charging and data transfers, particularly on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. According to Kuo, only the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will allow high-speed data transfers over USB-C.

Eben Mugeez

Eben Mugeez is a publicist who owns Hello Vybes, covers and publish stories about celebrities, entertainment news in Ghana, Sports, Economic, Business more.

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