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Apple working on iPhones with USB-C, according to reports

Apple may soon be making a significant change to the iPhone, as it is reportedly testing USB-C on its popular line of phones.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the iPhone may soon be losing its Lightning port. Apple watcher Mark Gurman says the company may be replacing it with a USB-C port, which is currently in testing.

However, the change may not come this year. This timeframe is supported by another prominent Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, who tweeted that the port swap would occur in the second half of 2023, around the time Apple annually refreshes its phone lineup.

While a USB-C port would be new on the iPhone, Apple has been putting it on its other devices, including the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini. However, there is a more compelling reason for Apple to switch ports on the iPhone. Last September, the EU announced a proposal that would require many devices, smartphones included, to carry USB-C ports. In fact, Gurman claims this new proposal was Apple’s primary motivation for considering USB-C on the iPhone. However, during the introduction of the Lightning port in 2012 on the iPhone 5, Phil Schiller called it “a modern connector for the next decade.” So, perhaps, Apple has decided it is time to move on.

There are some technical advantages of USB-C over the iPhone’s Lightning port. They include fasters transfer speeds. Also, users find it more convenient to own a single charger that can charge most of their devices.

There have been rumors about Apple developing an iPhone with no port, which would have made the port debate moot. Such a phone would rely on wireless charging and data transfer. Even Gurman reports that Apple has looked into it. However, there is no indication that a portless iPhone is coming anytime soon.

Various reasons have been suggested for Apple’s reluctance to move away from the Lightning port, including to keep its Made for iPhone business running-a money-spinner for the company-and better waterproofing.

Written by HackerVibes

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