Apple is testing iPhones that swap the Lightning port for USB-C, according to a new Bloomberg report from Apple whisperer Mark Gurman. But you wouldn’t expect it in this year’s iPhone lineup, as the switch wouldn’t happen “at the earliest” until 2023, Gurman says. The report follows the tweets of trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this week indicating that Apple would move to USB-C in the second half of 2023, which is presumably when that year’s iPhone lineup will be launched. released.
The switch would be a big one, if not a complete surprise. Apple has already moved the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini to USB-C. And the EU unveiled a proposal in September that would require many devices, including smartphones, to have USB-C ports — Gurman says this legislation was “a major reason” for Apple’s decision to consider the change. There are also technical benefits to moving to USB-C, which is capable of faster transfer speeds than Lightning.
Apple is also rumored to be developing a portless iPhone, and Gurman says Apple has been “working on iPhones without a charging port for the past few years.” But his Friday report doesn’t suggest a wearable iPhone will be available anytime soon.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company first introduced the Lightning port with the iPhone 5 in 2012.