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A USB-C iPhone Won't Kill the Lightning Cable...Yet

By Arthur

Oct 31, 2022

Commentary: The Lightning port may be more common than you think on Apple products, even when the USB-C iPhone is released.

USB-C iPhone

This week, it was unusual for Apple to provide a specific hint about the iPhone's future. According to company executives, Apple will abide by the European Union's directive that all phones in the region adopt USB-C as the standard smartphone charging port by 2024.

USB-C iPhone

Future iPhones will therefore be forced to do away with the Lightning connector, which has been around since 2012.

USB-C iPhone

It appears inevitable that the iPhone will switch to USB-C in light of the new EU regulations. During a presentation at the Wall Street Journal Tech Live conference, Greg Joswiak, Apple's senior vice president of global marketing, argued that the company "has no choice" but to abide by local laws, just as it does everywhere else.

USB-C iPhone

This does not, however, imply that the Lightning cable is merely going out of style. Given many accessories that continue to use it and the popularity of older iPhone models, the Lightning port may impact Apple's lineup more than you might expect.

USB-C iPhone

It's no secret that Apple products use USB-C more frequently. Except for the ninth-generation iPad from 2021, it is on every iPad in the company's current lineup. Additionally, Apple's MacBook Pro and Air models have USB-C ports.

USB-C iPhone

However, consumers and tech critics have been expecting the iPhone's USB-C port. A modified iPhone X with a USB-C port sold for $86,001 on eBay the previous year.

USB-C iPhone

Why else would you want to use the same cord to charge your iPhone, iPad, and Mac? A step toward more convenient long-term charging is the new EU mandate. Consumers may use different chargers to charge both new iPhones and legacy accessories during the transition period.

USB-C iPhone

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