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Mark Gurman: iPhones will move to USB-C next year, but it's “just a stopgap”

Apple will jump to USB-C in next year’s iPhone 15 lineup – Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman is convinced, writing: “iPhone 002 ) is essentially getting the USB Lock-C in the fall of 2023, over a one-year license.”

The iPhone 14 series should be the last in the family with a Lightning port iPhone14 series should be last in homes with Lightning ports

New EU law technically applies to fall sales Apple can squeeze in another year to use the Lightning port after a new portable electronic device 2024. But Gurman believes that Cupertino will not wait until the last minute.

In fact, analysts wrote that the base iPad, the last Apple tablet with Lightning, will switch to USB-C later this year. Then the iPhone 14 series will do the same next year.

Those aren’t the only Apple devices that use a Lightning port — AirPods do, of course, but there are also peripherals like the Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad. These will also gradually transition to USB-C.

Some devices like Apple's Magic Keyboard also use Lightning for charging Some devices, such as Apple’s Magic Keyboard, also use Lightning charges

EU law expressly exempts devices that only support wireless charging – like the Apple Watch. Gurman believes that Apple’s use of USB-C will be short-lived, and the company’s ultimate goal is to use only wireless charging like MagSafe. Analysts predict that Lightning has been with us for a decade, but iPhones with USB-C won’t last that long. Even the iPad is expected to ditch wired charging in the future.

Why is Apple so stubborn about using USB-C on the iPhone (when it already uses it on the iPad and Mac)? Gurman believes this is because it wants to present the shift as its own idea, rather than something mandated by law. The iPhone Pro can now take 14 MP RAW photos, not to mention those 4K ProRes videos, and Lightning’s USB 2.0 speeds are just Don’t cut it (Wi-Fi is faster, in case you’re worried about wireless only in the future).

Apple will switch to wireless charging exclusively for the iPhone and even iPads, predicts Mark Gurman Mark Gurman predicts that Apple will make iPad goes wireless Apple will switch to wireless charging exclusively for the iPhone and even iPads, predicts Mark Gurman

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