Goodbye, Lightning Cable: How to Prepare for Your First USB-C iPhone

Goodbye, Lightning Cable: How to Prepare for Your First USB-C iPhone

Apple’s Lightning Connector may finally be dead. thanks for the European Union regulatorsAll phones, tablets and cameras will be required to use USB-C The charging standard, which means the iPhone will be dragged kicking and screaming to adopt the USB-C port.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, grudgingly admitted that “We have no choiceBut to move away from the proprietary charger to use the more universal USB-C plug. While we’re still a long way from a fully USB-C-compatible iPhone, it’s never too early to get ready for the adapter and figure out how you’ll charge your phone when that happens.

Why USB-C?

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The European Parliament confirms(Opens in a new window) that USB Type-C will become the new standard for mobile devices, for both charging and data transfer, in order to reduce electronic waste, provide faster charging speeds, and give users the option to purchase a new device with or without charger.

Regulators also want to eliminate the “lock-in effect” that keeps users dependent on one company. For example, iPhone owners currently rely on Apple to provide them with the Lightning Connector charging.

By enforcing USB-C, customers have more options when it comes to the power accessories they buy for their devices. you can buy fast charger or a charging tool from any company and it will be compatible with your device. The USB-C . Chargers Already there it will also work without the need for an adapter.

Why hasn’t Apple already switched to USB-C?

Apple's website shows what's included with the iPhone 14

When you buy a new iPhone, you only get one charging cable. (credit: Apple)

Android devices and even Apple’s iPad, embraced USB-C. Why not the iPhone? First of all, Apple still has some time before the authorization goes into effect. Although the new standard was set in October 2022, the authorization will not become enforceable until the end of 2024. But Apple has reason to resist the conversion before that time.

Although Apple has never directly stated that profit is the main driver of the fight against USB-C standardization, Apple has created its own system. MFi Certification Program (Made for iPhone)(Opens in a new window), which regulates the quality of third-party cables and accessories, and awards a sales commission to Apple. One would think that adopting USB-C would shut down this program and stop a valuable revenue stream.

Apple has also male(Opens in a new window) That being stuck with the iPhone’s Lightning port has more to do with the amount of waste likely created as a result of millions of iPhone users being forced to ditch these cables. The company has already ditched the power adapter and EarPods with the new phones, starting with the iPhone 12, in the name of protecting the environment.

These days, all that’s included in the new iPhone box is a Lightning-to-USB-C cable, which means customers must either use old Lightning-to-USB-A adapters or buy new chargers from Apple. The company argues that many people already own power adapters and don’t need other power adapters creating a mess, but removing that power adapter, while still charging the same price on the phone, may be more of a grab for the money than a sustainability movement.

When will Apple release the first USB-C iPhone?

Agios Saliba Alex, EU rapporteur holds a USB-C charger

EU rapporteur Agios Saliba Alex announces the USB-C charger the future of technology in Europe. (credit: EU)

As the EU mandate comes into effect at the end of 2024, Apple’s launch schedule could mean the iPhone 16 will be the first USB-C iPhone. The iPhone 17 in September 2025 is also a possibility if Apple can get hold of another model before the law takes effect.

Then again, just because there’s a due date doesn’t mean Apple can’t release a USB-C iPhone before then. It should be noted that there is already a rumor that iPhone 15 It will be Apple’s first USB-C phone in 2023.

Before you get too excited, it’s important to note that this mandate is for EU countries only. There is no regulation forcing Apple to manufacture such a device in the United States. The same goes for global customers outside the European Union. However, it might make more financial and logistical sense for Apple to build a single iPhone model with a single port rather than a USB-C model for Europe and a Lightning port model for the rest of the world.

How to Prepare for iPhone USB-C

Close-up of the USB-C port on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 2021

Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro from 2021 has a USB-C port. (credit: Molly Flores)

Now that your USB-C iPhone is supposed to be at least one to two years away, you have time to get ready. However, since many Android phonesheadphones, portable speakers, and other devices that support the standard, you may already have everything you need at home.

If you own certain models of iPad or MacBook, the USB-C charger that came with your device will also work with your iPhone. These are the models where USB-C is charged:

  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation or later)

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later)

  • iPad Air (4th generation or later)

  • iPad mini (6th generation)

  • MacBook Pro released in 2016 or later

  • MacBook Air released in 2018 or later

  • MacBook released in 2015 or later

Since current iPhone models come with a Lightning-to-USB-C cable in the box, it’s safe to assume that your USB-C iPhone will include a USB-C cable, which should allow you to connect your phone to a computer for a cost.

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The Apple USB-C chargers for the iPad line should also charge the phone. (credit: Apple)

If you don’t have any USB-C devices in your home (or no extra cables lying around), you’ll need to purchase a power adapter and/or a USB-C cable to charge your iPhone through a wall outlet. Apple already sells a number of USB-C power adapters and cables:

Since Apple’s current charging cables are Lightning to USB-C, they should be USB-C to USB-C when the change occurs. This may mean that you will need a dongle to fit your laptop, which may only have USB-A ports.

What about MagSafe and wireless charging?

MagSafe Apple Battery Pack

The Apple MagSafe battery pack sticks to the back of the phone. (credit: Stephen Winkelman)

If you don’t want to mess with wire compatibility, many people have opted to charge their smartphone wirelessly. This allows you to put your phone on a file wireless charging surface to start charging the device. Since iPhone 12, MagSafe Wireless chargers – like Apple devices Batteries tray And the Dual charger—Can attach magnetically to the back of your iPhone.

Wireless charging makes knowing which cables are connected to the adapters less worrying, but there are still reasons to have a working USB-C cable and adapter.

Although there are some fast wireless chargers on the market, a wired connection is usually faster across the board. You can also take advantage of Apple’s high-capacity power adapters that are specifically designed to charge your device at a faster rate.

In addition, wireless charging accessories cannot transfer data from one device to another, so you will still need a cable to create encryption Backup your iPhone to your computer. Also, if you have an old home theater receiver or car stereo, you will have to physically connect the two with a cable.

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