iPhone 15 with USB-C: the flaw in Apple’s roadmap

iPhone 15 with USB-C: the flaw in Apple’s roadmap

All signs point to Apple at last making the leap to USB-C with Next year’s iPhone 15. The change is largely due to new regulation in the European Union, but with the Lightning port celebrating its 10th birthday, it was time for a change nonetheless.

But while the iPhone 15’s switch to USB-C will be celebrated, it’s going to be a messy transition…and Apple doesn’t seem to care.

iPhone USB Type-C! Hurrah!

The iPhone probably should have switched to USB-C years ago, we can all agree on that. Apple went into the deep end with USB-C when it revised the MacBook Pro with just four USB-C ports for charging and connectivity. The iPad began the transition to USB-C in 2018 with the iPad Pro, and that process was completed last month. with the new iPad 10.

This means that Apple only sells two flagship products right now with Lightning: the entire iPhone lineup (from the iPhone SE to the newest iPhone 14) and the iPad 9.

But where things really get complicated is with Apple accessories. The reports are that Apple will transition its accessories to USB-C alongside the iPhone 15 next year, but this is something Apple should have started this year (if not even sooner).

Features of the iPhone 15

The problem of the AirPods Pro 2

the most confusing aspect of Apple’s roadmap is AirPods Pro 2 and the new Siri remote that comes with the latest Apple TV 4K and also available separately. Despite being released weeks apart, the AirPods Pro 2 charging case uses Lightning, while the new Siri Remote uses USB-C.

Interestingly, EU law in its current form would require the AirPods Pro to switch to USB-C for charging, but not the Siri Remote. So why didn’t Apple switch the AirPods Pro to USB-C with this year’s revision? After all, AirPods Pro 2 features an all-new charging case with Find My integration and a speaker. It sounds like this would have been a perfect opportunity to swap out that Lightning port as well.

Almost all of Apple’s Mac accessories still use Lightning to charge. There is also the MagSafe Battery Pack with Lightningthe MagSafe Duo less and less usefuland AirPods 2 and AirPods 3.

But even with the iPhone 15 switching to USB-C, you won’t be able to throw away all your Lightning cables. At least not without shelling out for upgraded versions of Apple’s USB-C accessories. The company will most likely sell a new version of the AirPods charging cases with USB-C.

AirPods pro 2 sync

Did you just buy? AirPods Pro 2 for $249? I’m sorry, you’ll have to leave another $79 on an upgraded USB-C charging case. This, of course, is a strategy we’re used to for Apple. The first version of AirPods Pro didn’t offer MagSafe charging, but Apple updated the case a year later with magnetic wireless charging. It’s a good way to get a few extra dollars in profit from AirPods users everywhere.

One nice thing about the AirPods Pro 2 specifically is that they can be recharged via the Apple Watch’s disk charger. If you’re traveling, this means you won’t have to bring a Lightning cable single for AirPods Pro unless you want to quickly complete them without balancing the magnetic connection.

Don’t get me wrong: the iPhone 15’s move to USB-C is a big step in the right direction, albeit several years late. I would have preferred Apple to make the change on its own, rather than in response to government legislation. I would also have liked the company to start moving everybody of your accessories to USB-C for now.

There’s still time for Apple to move its iPhone-adjacent products to USB-C before the iPhone 15 release, but the clock is ticking. The release of AirPods Pro 2 doesn’t bode well for the company’s plans to make this transition as seamless as possible.

What do you think? Would you have preferred the AirPods Pro 2 to have USB-C for charging? What about other Apple accessories? Let us know in the comments. ‌

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