After a decade since the Lightning port was released, Apple’s proprietary port is finally seeing its last days. In an interview, Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Greg Joswiak confirmed that USB-C would be coming to the iPhone.
But when will it arrive? And should I wait for iPhone USB-C before upgrading? Let’s see what’s going on with the iPhone and USB-C.
Apple senior management confirms Apple will comply with EU USB-C regulations
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal broadcast on Twitter, the presenter asked Greg Joswiak: “Is Apple moving to USB-C?” He asked this question in light of the final approval of the common charger directive, as announced in a Council of the EU press releasewhich requires all mobile phones, tablets and headsets to have a USB-C port.
Joswiak responded: “Governments can do what they are going to do and obviously we will have to comply. We have no choice, as we do all over the world, to comply with local laws.”
Since it comes from a high-ranking Apple official, this seems to confirm that the iPhone will replace the Lightning port in favor of one USB-C port. With this move, all of Apple’s wearable devices will finally have a USB-C charging port.
When will USB-C iPhones appear?
The Common Charger Directive requires that all devices have a USB-C charging port 24 months after the law goes into effect. Since this directive is supposed to become law in 2022, many expect all mobile devices, including the iPhone, to have a USB-C charging port by 2024.
Although Joswiak did not indicate whether the next iPhone will have a USB-C port, there is some speculation that it already will. This is just speculation though: we’ll have to wait until Apple announces the product to see if the iPhone 15 will use USB-C or if we’ll have to wait until the iPhone 16 before we can get it.
Should you wait for USB-C iPhone before upgrading?
There is no straight answer to this question as it varies between people. But if you’re an existing Apple user, especially one with an older iPhone model, you don’t need to wait to upgrade. That’s because you can use your current Lightning cables to charge your new iPhone if you decide to buy one.
That’s because even if you’re still using a phone with a Lightning port after the iPhone switches to USB-C, you’ll probably still be able to get a Lightning cable, since not all iPhone users will immediately switch to the new phone. Alternatively, you can switch to MagSafe Charge If you’re having a hard time finding a Lightning cable, especially if you have an iPhone 12 or newer.
This news should also not affect your plans to move to the iPhone if you are an Android user, but only use a charging cable and your current charging port is already USB-C. That’s because the iPhone 14 already includes a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box, so you can use your existing charging adapter to top up your new phone.
But if you’re an Android user with a ton of USB-C cables in your home, car, office, and other places where you frequently recharge your device, and you’re considering upgrading to an iPhone, we recommend waiting for the Move. That’s because you’ll have to buy new cables for those places.
If you wait for the USB-C iPhone before upgrading, which should arrive within the next two years, you no longer have to buy new cables, especially if your current USB-C cables are of high quality and can support fast charging speeds. —saving you money and reducing electronic waste.
The wait for a USB-C iPhone is almost over
It’s not clear why Apple clung to the Lightning port when Android phones started moving to USB-C in 2015.
But given that Apple launched it in September 2012, more than ten years ago, with the iPhone 5, it’s about time the Cupertino company moved on to faster charging and data transfer speeds.