Apple’s iPhone 15 could switch to USB-C: report

According to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple will switch to USB-C as early as 2023. In the latest issue of the Power On newsletter, he suggests that the iPhone 15 will mark the transition to USB-C. Currently the iPhone and AirPods support the Lightning connector on the bottom for the charger and require their own cable. Apple has switched to USB-C charging for some devices like the iPad Pro and MacBooks.

With European Union law set to take effect in two years, Gurman says Apple is already making the move to privately switch to USB-C. The newsletter notes Apple’s public opposition to the move, stating that “tough regulation requiring only one type of plug is stifling innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will hurt consumers in Europe and around the world.”

Next year’s iPhone 15 will likely make the switch, and the only iPad still using the Lightning connector will be upgraded to USB-C sometime later this year. This means AirPods, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad will be the only remaining Apple products to make the switch.

The report goes on to say that Apple will look into wireless charging even on the iPhone and iPad in the coming years. Given that Apple Watches are already compatible with wireless chargers, the move could be Apple’s effective workaround, assuming the technology matures in the years to come.

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