Logic dictates that with the release of the iPhone 15 next year, Apple will make the switch to USB-C. With the Lightning port turning 10, it was time for an upgrade regardless of the reason for the switch, which is new EU law.
This shift to USB-C on the iPhone 15 will be met with much fanfare, but it is bound to be chaotic, and Apple doesn’t seem to care.
Apple iPhone with a USB-C connector! Yay!
We can all agree that Apple should have made the switch to USB-C for the iPhone a long time ago. In updating the MacBook Pro, Apple took a bold step with USB-C by including only four USB-C ports for charging and communication. It was with the iPad Pro that Apple began migrating to USB-C in 2018, and with the release of the iPad 10 last month, the shift was complete.
Thus, the whole iPhone range (from the first iPhone SE to the most recent iPhone 14) and the iPad 9 are the only two Apple flagship products now sold with Lightning.
However, Apple’s accessories are where things become complicated. It’s expected that with the release of the iPhone 15 the following year, Apple would begin switching its accessories over to USB-C; nevertheless, this transition should have begun this year (if not even earlier).
The issue with AirPods Pro 2
The AirPods Pro 2 and the new Siri Remote, which come bundled with the newest Apple TV 4K and may be purchased separately, are the most perplexing parts of Apple’s future. The new Siri Remote is USB-C, whereas the charging case for the AirPods Pro 2 is Lightning.
Interestingly, the current EU legislation would mandate the conversion to USB-C for charging on AirPods Pro but not on the Siri Remote. So, it’s puzzling that Apple didn’t update the AirPods Pro to use USB-C when it was introduced last year. After all, the new AirPods Pro 2 comes with a charging case that doubles as a speaker and is integrated with Apple’s Find My app. There was a golden opportunity to also replace the Lightning port at this time.
Lightning is still the standard for charging Apple’s Mac accessories. There are also AirPods 2 and AirPods 3, as well as the MagSafe Battery Pack with Lightning and the increasingly useless MagSafe Duo.
You still need to keep your Lightning cables, even if the iPhone 15 will use USB-C. Not unless you fork out for newer, more expensive Apple peripherals that include USB-C. An updated model of the AirPods charging case compatible with USB-C will likely be released by the firm.
A pair of AirPods Pro 2 will set you back $249, correct? I’m afraid you’ll have to shell out an extra $79 for a newer, USB-C-compatible charging case. Of course, this is a tactic Apple frequently employs. AirPods Pro’s first iteration lacked MagSafe charging, but a year later, Apple redesigned the case to include the convenient magnetic wireless charging capability. A good method to make a few extra bucks off of everyone who uses AirPods.
With AirPods Pro 2, you may charge them using the puck charger that comes with the Apple Watch. It also means you won’t need to pack a Lightning cable specifically for AirPods Pro unless you want to charge them quickly without re-balancing the magnetic connection, which is unlikely to be the case while traveling.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that the iPhone 15 finally adopted USB-C, but it came a few years too late. Instead of acting in reaction to the government mandate, I would have wanted Apple to initiate the shift on its own. I had hoped the firm would have begun the transition to USB-C for all of its accessories by now.
Apple still has time to switch all of its iPhone accessories over to USB-C before the arrival of the iPhone 15, but time is running out. The company’s hopes for a smooth transition are likely to be derailed by the arrival of AirPods Pro 2.
I’m curious as to your thoughts. Do you wish that the new AirPods Pro 2 could have been charged via USB-C? Where can I find Apple’s other peripherals? What do you think? Share your thoughts in the feedback section below.
In addition, many inquire
When do we expect to see iPhones that use USB-C?
Apple has now confirmed that USB-C connectors will be included in future iPhones. An EU law passed earlier this month mandates USB-C charging connections in all mobile devices sold within the EU by 2024.
Exactly why has Apple switched from the older Lightning port to the more modern USB-C port?
In response to European authorities’ decision that all smartphones should have USB charging as standard in two years, Apple has stated that it will no longer include the Lightning port on its iPhones. Smartphones sold in Europe after the fall of 2024 must utilize a USB-C charging port in accordance with new regulations.
What about USB-C on the iPhone 15?
As we saw with the tenth-generation iPad and the Siri remote, Apple will have to gradually update a number of goods, and rather than creating unique USB-C versions for Europe, it is more likely that the company would just make the same adjustments everywhere. All iPhone 15 models probably will include a USB-C port.
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