Apple leaker Mark Gorman says iPhones will transition to USB-C next year, but warns it’s “just a temporary hole”
Apple will respond to an incoming law on electronics within the European Union, and will finally give up the fast charging port.
This is according to The famous Apple leak, Mark Gorman, from Bloombergafter the European Parliament last week approved a single charger for all mobile phones and tablets – 13 years after the idea was first floated.
Gurman reports that this means Apple will be moving from the lightning charging port on the iPhone to USB-C. But he said the company is still planning for a wireless future.
Gorman noted in his article that Apple “should have switched to USB-C charging on iPhone and other mobile devices a few years ago. After all, it switched to USB-C on some laptops in 2015 and on the iPad Pro in 2018. .”
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He noted that Apple has left its loyal customers with “a patchwork of options.”
He noted, “If you’re a staunch Apple fan in its ecosystem — with the iPhone, AirPods, iPad, Apple Watch, and MacBook — you need at least three different chargers: Lightning for iPhone and AirPods, USB-C for iPad Pro and MacBook, and USB-C for iPad Pro and MacBook.” MagSafe for Apple Watch”.
He noted that this is “a far cry from Apple’s clean and simple approach to technology,” but that now Apple would be forced to take action.
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Last week, the European Parliament approved a single charger for all mobile phones and tablets.
This version of the universal (or common) charger has been hanging around for 13 years, after the majority of smartphone manufacturers (including Apple) adopted the voluntary Micro-USB standard in 2009.
The ultimate micro-USB design charger was officially agreed upon in 2010 with ten mobile phone makers including Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and Nokia (remember them?), so they could standardize their chargers for new models of smartphones to be released in market in 2011.
But this ambition and timeframe never materialized, and in 2014 the European Parliament formally endorsed a universal charger for smartphones, tablets and other portable electronic devices.
However, Apple actually introduced the 8-pin Lightning connector in September 2012, and took advantage of a loophole in a 2010 EU agreement (it was just a voluntary memorandum of understanding) to continue using its own Lightning connector, which is still in use on all iPhone models, including Latest iPhone 14.
In September 2021, the European Commission introduced its draft Common Shipping Port Bill, and in April 2022 the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee endorsed the proposal for a common (or global) shipper.
The move has now been approved by the European Parliament, and the law requires device makers (such as phones, tablets, cameras, headsets, headphones, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems, portable game consoles, and speakers) to switch to USB-C by the fall of 2024 for new products.
This will extend to laptops in the spring of 2026.
It should be noted that although it was signed by the European Parliament, the law will not enter into force until two years later (late 2024).
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This could therefore mean that Apple could squeeze in another year of Lightning port usage.
But Gorman believes the Cupertino-based company will not wait until the last possible moment.
Grumman noted that while Apple has publicly warned that a universal charger will harm innovation and create a mountain of electronic waste, Apple has been preparing for this law privately.
“I believe the company will easily beat the deadline with its clearer products,” Grumman wrote. “The iPhone 15 is basically locking in to get USB-C in the fall of 2023, beating the year-long mandate. The only remaining iPad without USB-C (entry level model) should get the port by the end of this year.”
This makes the AirPods, Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad the only devices that will eventually need to switch.
But Grumman warned that the era of USB-C in Apple products “will be much shorter than the 30-pin iPod or Lightning connector.”
“I continue to believe that Apple’s future will be wireless and that some version of the canceled AirPower dream from 2017 will finally come to fruition – a decade from now,” Grumman wrote.
At some point in the next few years, Apple will likely begin to move entirely to inductive charging on the iPhone and iPad, as appropriate for the Apple Watch, he wrote.
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