Apple plans to change the charging port of the upcoming iPhone 15 models from Lightning to USB Type-C (USB C).
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the iPhone 15 port change will happen before the iPhone 14 successor is announced.
According to the GSM Arena report, on Monday (November 21, 2022) all iPhone 15 models will use a different USB C port.
Kuo said the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Max will use USB 2.0 ports. Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Plus use USB C 3.2.
The USB C 3.2 capabilities of both iPhone 15 Pro series are already known to support data transfer rates of up to 40 Gbps.
Meanwhile, USB 2.0 on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Max maintained the same maximum data transfer rate of 480 Mbps as the current iPhone’s Lightning cable.
Kuo also said that Apple may install solid-state volume buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro series.
It is also known that Apple is equipping the iPhone 15 Pro Max with a periscope lens capable of 6x zoom.
It is known that Apple will follow the regulations adopted by the European Parliament regarding the use of USB Type-C as the charging standard for devices sold in the European Union.
Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, Greg Joswiak, made this announcement while speaking at the Wall Street Journal Tech Live event. He said the company would abide by the decision.
As reported by The Verge, Gred made this statement when asked about the possibility of changing the Lightning port to USB C. At the time, he responded that the company had to comply because he had no other choice.
However, he did not disclose the details of the plan, including the possibility of applying the technology outside of Europe. Despite claims to comply, Apple itself doesn’t seem to be happy with these regulations.
In his explanation, Gregg said that Apple had long chosen its own path and trusted its engineers, rather than being forced to adopt hardware standards from regulators.
Apple, for example, became the company that rejected the EU micro USB standard decision 10 years ago.
The Lightning port itself first appeared almost a decade ago and has become the primary connector for many Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads and Airpods. On the other hand, Apple itself is not completely against USB Type-C.
In recent years, Apple has released iPads that use USB Type-C as the main connector, including recently released models.
Previously, the European Parliament made USB Type-C the European Union’s general charging standard.
So, by the end of 2024, all mobile devices that use up to 100W of power, including phones, tablets and earphones, must have USB-C charging ports.
For laptops, the transition to USB-C is due by the spring of 2026. Meanwhile, products already on the market before this deadline will not be affected by the decision.
Cited by Engadget, Wed (10 May 2022), this rule aims to reduce e-waste. So people can keep using the chargers they already have without having to buy a new one.
The goal is also to remove the “lockdown” technology that ties users to a single manufacturer-defined format.
Vote also sets the bar for fast charging support, as the device can deliver more than the 18W of the USB-C Power Delivery specification.
The European Union has long championed more generic chargers and is pushing standards like micro USB to help reduce connector diversity.
However, the European Union insists that voluntary efforts never lead to tangible results for users. This led to a formal legislative proposal in September 2021.
Apple will be one of the manufacturers most affected, given that the European Union’s decision to make Apple devices use dedicated Lightning ports for products such as iPhones.
There is no response from Apple on this issue. But in 2020, the company said delivery requirements would “stifle innovation.”
The current 2nd generation iPhone 14 or AirPods Pro still use a Lightning port. But with this rule, you’ll need to switch to USB-C later.
Some information indicates that Apple may follow EU rules by releasing an iPhone with a USB Type-C port. In this regard, leaker LeaksApplePro claims that Apple will include a USB Type-C port on the iPhone 15 Pro.
Quote from LeaksApplePro tweet Tuesday (June 14, 2022) iPhone 15 will be Apple’s last mobile model to use a Lightning port. He also mentioned that Apple won’t use USB Type C or use the port on the iPhone 16 series.