The announcement that the iPhone 14 is still expected to include a Lightning connector will both please and dismay many people. A shift to USB-C ports appears unlikely until late 2023 at the earliest. Apple’s naming practice is expected to remain in place, so that implies the iPhone 15 will be out in time.
Since the iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Pro, and MacBooks all feature USB-C connectors, everyone with one of these devices already has a replacement charger. USB cables for everything from security cameras to virtual reality headsets can be found in the same place. To be fair to all Mac users, I’m sure you’ve got a drawer full of Lightning connectors as well.
When it comes to the iPhone’s transition to USB-C, there are more benefits than merely compatibility and the impending European regulations, though. In terms of power and transmission speeds, USB-C is superior to Lightning in comparison. More people will have a minimal impact on whether the iPhone comes with a USB-C or Lightning port.
My preference for the iPhone 15 would be for it to have no ports at all, as I have stated in the past. Since Apple is going more toward wireless charging with MagSafe and iCloud for syncing data, this should mean that you will never need to plug your phone in anywhere.
In spite of the scepticism of some, keep in mind that this phone is still 18 months away from release, and that wireless capabilities are continually improving. For the first time in months, I plugged my phone into a wall socket last week because it was more convenient than walking across the room to retrieve my wireless puck.
MacRumors claims that Steve Jobs wanted the iPhone to be a seamless device without a SIM card slot, and so I’m sure the lack of a charging port would have appealed to him as well.
According to the original Bloomberg report, Apple is also working on an adaptor for USB-C iPhones to operate with Lightning accessories. Despite the fact that the iPhone changed from the 30-pin connector to the Lightning port, most physical connectors for items like speakers and docks became wireless instead. When Apple removed the headphone jack, the same thing happened. Although some adapters were used, the majority of customers took advantage of the opportunity to upgrade to a wireless connection.
If the iPhone 15 has either a Lightning or USB-C connector, it doesn’t matter to me. No change in my use of the wireless connection.