Will the iPhone 15 have a different socket on its base? Is this the end of the Lightning connecor?
May 13 update below. This post was first published on May 11, 2022.
It looks like there’s a big change coming to the iPhone next year. One that, if you’d asked me about last year, I’d have said would never happen. Literally never.
But the claim comes from one of the most respected Apple observers, Ming-Chi Kuo from TFI Securities. So, it must be true, right? Well, maybe.
May 13 update. Here’s the thing: a couple of days ago, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo came up with the most outlandish suggestion about a future iPhone: that it would switch from Apple’s beloved Lightning connector to the widely available USB-C. Ridiculous, you might have thought. When Hell freezes over, you could have said.
But now, another highly-thought of surveyor of the Apple scene, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, has weighed in.
He has added his own take on the situation but broadly agrees with Ming-Chi Kuo. Gurman says Apple is testing a USB-C version of the iPhone for release in 2023, yes, the iPhone 15, not this fall’s expected iPhone 14. He believes that this may be in part because of the European Union’s insistence that future gadgets such as phones should be equipped with USB-C. He also adds that if the law doesn’t pass, though I think it will, it’s possible Apple won’t switch to USB-C after all. Gurman rightly points out that the situation is complex. Switching to USB-C would mean that almost everyone would be able to use just one cable and charger for their iPhone, iPad Pro and MacBook Pro—as well as Android phones, tablets, Windows and Chrome PCs and more. Win-win, right? Eventually, but in the short term remember that lots of people use Lightning for charging their Mac mice, MagSafe Duo Charger and more. So, for a while, these people will have just as much confusion, if not more, than they do now. Technology is such that a bit of me believes that by the time everyone has switched to USB-C, there’ll be a whole new, backwards-incompatible connector developed. I mean, hasn’t Apple just re-introduced MagSafe for the MacBook Pro?
Of course, the fact that two rumors have arrived does not mean it’s going to happen. Of course not. But the fact that they’re both from such reliable analysts has to mean something.
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