it’s quite clear that Apple will further adopt USB-C for future devices, considering pressure from European Union legislation requiring a mandatory USB-C standard in all consumer electronics.
Apple’s entire MacBook lineup switched to USB-C starting in 2015. The new 10th generation iPad — the only iPad with a horizontal FaceTime camera — has a USB-C port. Even the Siri Remote in the third generation Apple TV 4K (2022) replaced the Lightning port with USB-C.
So it makes perfect sense that Lightning is nearing the end of its life after 10 years of gracing Apple devices. With the EU deadline set for late 2024, there are still plenty of Apple products in need of the USB-C upgrade. Here’s everything Apple keeps selling that needs a Lightning port replacement.
All the Apple devices that still need USB-C
iPhone 14 (and all iPhones)
Release date: September 2022
The last iPhone 14/14 Plus Y iPhone 14 Pro/14 Pro Max it just came out in September and, to the disappointment of many people, they still have a Lightning port. With iPhone 14 Pros capable of capturing 48-megapixel ProRAW photos and high-resolution ProRES video, Lightning USB 2.0 transfer speeds are no longer enough. I wish, USB-C is really coming to an iPhone soon.
AirPods Pro (2nd generation)
Release date: September 2022
Arriving alongside the iPhone 14s and the apple watch series 8 / Ultrathe Second generation AirPods Pro It was rumored that it had USB-C in its charging case. That didn’t happen. The new case charges via MagSafe and supports magnetic charging with an Apple Watch puck, but that’s beside the point.
AirPods (3rd generation)
Release date: October 2021
These 3rd generation AirPods It hit the shelves a year ago. All Apple needs to do is replace the Lightning port with a USB-C one.
AirPods (2nd generation)
Release date: March 2019
The oldest (and cheapest) AirPods that Apple still sells. It’s time to drop them from the lineup or, like the 3rd-gen AirPods, give the USB-C case a go.
Release date: December 2020
of Apple over-ear ANC headphones they have yet to be updated since their release in December 2020. They need to be updated, which could also come with USB-C.
iPad (9th generation)
Release date: September 2021
The ninth-generation iPad is the only iPad Apple sells that hasn’t made the jump to USB-C. There is a possibility that Apple will stop selling it in the EU to comply with the proposed USB-C legislation. But if you keep this iPad in the lineup, it should drop Lightning.
Apple Pencil (1st generation)
Release date: November 2015
The Apple Pencil dates back to a November 2015 release, but it’s relevant again as it’s the only Apple stylus compatible with the 10th-generation iPad. Sure, you can buy better USB-C equipped alternativesand the second-generation Apple Pencil magnetically charges with all other iPads, but if Apple is going to keep this old one, it should have a new plug.
Release date: March 2022
Apple released an updated version of the Magic Mouse in March 2022, but it still charges via Lightning. Worse yet, the charging port is on the bottom of the mouse, meaning you can’t use it while it’s plugged in.
Release date: May 2021
Last updated in May 2021, the wired and wireless versions of Apple’s keyboards could use an upgrade with, you guessed it, USB-C.
magic trackpad 2
Release date: October 2015
The latest Magic Trackpad 2 comes in black or white; there are also trackpads in the same color for the iMac M1. And while the included cable has Lightning on one end and USB-C on the other, it’s about time it was USB-C on both sides.
Wireless future, USB-C present
As you can see, there aren’t many devices left for Apple to transition to USB-C. The big one is the iPhone. And while Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak, is correct that switching to USB-C would create a ton of e-waste as consumers replace their Lightning cables with USB-C, everyone wants the switch, including the EU.
Replacing Lightning with USB-C isn’t just for the benefit of charging. The reversible port/plug is capable of much faster data transfer speeds, especially if equipped with Thunderbolt technology. Transferring large RAW photos or video files over USB-C would be a huge selling point for future iPhone Pros.
The future is certainly wireless – the controversial 12-inch MacBook with one port and canceled AirPower were clear steps towards a world without cables – but the future is unlikely to be ready any time soon. The interim will likely be USB-C, so it’s time for Apple to get down to business with the program.