Apple Inc. is testing future iPhone models that replace the current Lightning charging port with the more prevalent USB-C connector, USB-C iPhone, according …
Smartphone Charging Port
Last week, Apple did something extremely rare: it gave us a definite hint about the future of the iPhone. Apple’s senior leadership has stated that the tech giant will follow the EU’s directive that all phones sold in the region begin using USB-C iPhone as the standard smartphone charging port by 2024. As a result, the Lightning connector, which has been used by iPhones since 2012, will need to be replaced in future models.
Introduction of USB-C:
Considering the EU’s new regulations, Apple’s iPhone will likely be updated to use USB-C iPhone . At the Wall Street Journal Tech Live event, Apple’s vice president of worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak, stated that the business has “no alternative” but to “comply with local regulations” in the region. However, this does not imply that Lightning cables are going extinct any time soon. Since so many third-party accessories still require a Lightning connection and earlier iPhones remain popular, it’s possible that Apple’s Lightning port will play a more significant role than you may think in their product selection.
Without a doubt, USB-C iPhone is now standard on the vast majority of Apple devices. Except for the next ninth-generation iPad in 2021, it’s included in all of Apple’s existing iPad models. The MacBook Air from Apple also includes the USB-C connections.
However, the introduction of USB-C iPhone on the iPhone has been anticipated by both customers and experts in the field of technology. There was also an iPhone X that was fitted with a USB-C connector and auctioned for $86,001 on eBay in 2017. Why not utilize a single cord to power your iPhone, iPad, and computer? The new EU regulation a move in the direction of a less complicated charging system. Consumers may experience confusion at this time as they try to use both the new iPhone’s charger and their old accessory’s charger.
In addition to the iPhone, there are only a select few products that can be charged wirelessly or via a micro-USB port. AirPods, AirPods Max, the original Apple Pencil (the only type that works with the new iPad Pro with USB-C), the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and the Magic Keyboard are all examples of such accessories. Thus, if an iPhone with USB-C becomes available in the future, owners of current devices may still need to swap cords.
iPhone Model Released
One must also bear in mind that not all iPhone buyers choose for the most recent release. When a new iPhone released, Apple often makes previous models more affordable. For example, the iPhone 13 from last year and the iPhone 12 from 2020 are still part of the company’s current lineup. Even after releasing the more expensive iPhone 13 in September 2021, Apple maintained the iPhone 11 in the range at a discounted price of $499. If Apple follows its usual pattern, it will still offer Lightning-enabled iPhones in 2023.
There is a sizable market for pre-owned iPhones, despite the fact that many consumers prefer to buy the newest iPhone. Although it did not enter the market until 2019, Counterpoint Research found that the iPhone 11 was the fifth best-selling iphone in 2021. According to Consumer Insight Research Partners, the iPhone 11, iPhone SE, and 4-year-old iPhone XR contributed for 15% of iPhone sales in the United States in the March 2022 quarter.
According to a different survey by Counterpoint Research, reconditioned iPhones are also quite popular, with Apple taking up and over 40% of the world market for secondary phones. Those who plan to buy reconditioned iPhones in the future should probably keep their Lightning cables, as they are used to charge all iPhones released after 2012. Counterpoint also claimed that in 2021, as consumers sought to avoid excessive pricing and make more ecological purchasing decisions, demand for reconditioned phones climbed by 15%.
People might be less likely to get new phones if inflation makes it more expensive to buy food and shelter. Inflation has decreased demand for smartphones, thus shipments around the world are anticipated to fall by 6.5% in 2022, according to the International Data Corp. Assurant, an insurance firm that also helps businesses set up device trade-in programs, reports that the average age of cellphones being turned in has reached 3.5 years USB-C iPhone. The longer Lightning cables are in circulation, the more people will continue to utilize older iPhones.
The switch to USB-C will ultimately be beneficial for iPhone users in the long run. As a result of the switch, most modern iPads, Macs, and eventually iPhones can all be charged with a single cable—exactly the reason why the EU mandated USB-C iPhone . The timing of the change particularly opportune, as wireless charging, Bluetooth accessories, and Apple’s new MagSafe connector mechanism are reducing iPhones’ reliance on wired connections.
However, changes of this magnitude take time. Regarding Apple’s conformity with the EU’s order, many questions remain unanswered. For instance, it unknown if Apple would adopt USB-C in 2023 or postpone the transition until 2024. There has been no word on whether or not USB-C iPhone will become the universal standard or whether Apple would reserve its use for iPhones sold in Europe.
The launch of a USB-C iPhone, on the other hand, may be the first step toward a world where only a single cable is needed for all electronic devices. But don’t expect instant results.