Could the Lightning port on the iPhone soon be over?

In any case, this is what Ming-Chi Kuo, a “generally well-informed” analyst suggests, according to

BFM Business


On Twitter, he said that Apple would like to replace the Lightning port with the USB-C port, which equips Android smartphones but also iPads and MacBooks.

The Lightning port made its appearance in 2012 with the iPhone 5, replacing the old very large 30-pin charger.

Its advantages: its speed in terms of data transfer, its ease of use and the fact that it can be connected in both directions.


My latest survey indicates that 2H23 new iPhone will abandon Lightning port and switch to USB-C port.

USB-C could improve iPhone's transfer and charging speed in hardware designs, but the final spec details still depend on iOS support.

— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 11, 2022

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Meet EU standards

But the Lightning port quickly began to be singled out.

The main reason ?

Its low charging speed compared to that of the USB-C port, which is widely used on most devices.

According to our colleagues, Apple would have decided all these years to keep the Lightning port because of the significant income related to commissions collected on accessories using this technology and sold by third parties.

In addition, the release date of the iPhone 15 with USB-C port, at the end of 2023, could coincide with an obligation to harmonize with European standards imposed on Apple.

The American giant is indeed summoned to align itself with the competition and to respond to economic and ecological prerogatives.

The deadline is set for 2024.

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