Reports in recent weeks have claimed that Apple may eventually abandon the lightning port in favor of a USB-C future. And I’m crossing my fingers that it will come to pass.
It’s logical. You don’t want additional accessories to charge through a USB-C port if your primary device (iPhone) is charged through one. This would need the transportation of extra wires. Ugh.
Apple may reap many benefits from the switch to USB-C. For starters, it has the potential to increase quick charging for all devices. The majority of iPhones presently charge at 18W-20W, with the Pro Max models charging at a slightly faster pace.
Hopefully, USB-C will offer larger wattages, allowing your iPhone to charge even faster. For comparison, Xiaomi presently sells a sub-$400 phone that claims to charge completely in 15 minutes.
Furthermore, Apple already charges via the USB-PD standard. As a result, any approved USB-C to C cables may be able to help iPhones charge faster. That means you may either utilize your current wires or purchase a regular one.
It’s exciting to think about a future when you can charge your iPhone or AirPods with your old Samsung or Pixel charger.
Is it possible that Apple may discontinue including cords with iPhones? We still don’t know. But, hopefully, that will not be the case over the next few years.
Switching to USB-C has another benefit: quicker data transfer. Apple now employs the USB 2.0 standard, which has a potential maximum speed of 480 megabits per second (roughly 60MB per second). It might now switch to USB 3.1 or 3.2, allowing data transfer rates of many gigabits per second.
MacBooks and iPads already have USB-C connections for charging and data transfer. It would be natural to incorporate it into iPhones.
The European Union has been lobbying Apple for years to utilize USB-C in iPhones. With this possible transition next year, it may be able to placate regulators and gain favor. It would be better for everyone.