THE apple will drop the Lightning connector soon. According to Mark Gurman of Bloombergthe brand is already preparing to launch the iPhone 15 with USB-C, following the law passed in the European Union to standardize cell phone connectors. The smartphone also already has a possible planned release date.
The rumor appeared in the Sunday newsletter shortly after the legislation was greenlit. If you don’t know, the European Commission accepted the new proposal of law that makes the USB-C port as standard in cell phones. Thus, from the end of 2024, all devices for sale in the bloc’s countries must follow the determination.
For most Android phone manufacturers, nothing changes. After all, Samsung, Motorola, Xiaomi and the like have been using the connector for many years. The problem revolves around Apple which, since the launch of iPhone 5in 2013, adopted Lightning in place of the 30-pin connector as standard in its products.
But, of course, this is about to change. After all, Apple is not going to stop selling iPhones in Europe because of this.
USB-C port can show up on the iPhone 15
Finally, our dreams will come true. The journalist from Bloomberg points out that the iPhone 15, which will be released next year, should bring the USB-C connector. That is, even before the deadline of the European Union, because, as observed by the The Vergetechnically, Apple can adopt the standard by 2025, with the debut of the iPhone 17.
The USB-C port, however, won’t last long. Gurman stressed that Apple intends to make the full transition to induction charging on the iPhone and iPad for years to come, bringing them closer to the Apple Watch. And this is where the company evades European law, as devices that don’t charge by wire are exempt from the requirement.
And it would be no surprise. Because, in 2018, Apple thought about releasing iPhone X without Lightning port and buttons. Fortunately, the idea did not go ahead, as the cell phone did not even have MagSafe.
The input iPad should also get the USB-C port in place of Lightning. But the standard tends to be adopted on the tablet still in 2022.
Successor to the iPhone 14 to arrive in late 2023
But this is not the only expectation related to the iPhone 15. This Sunday (9), the MacRumors reported that Apple is already preparing well in advance for the launch of the successor to the iPhone 14. And the information comes from internal communications to employees of a company store in the United Kingdom.
First, you need to contextualize. Apple’s releases yield an out-of-the-ordinary movement to Apple Stores. No wonder the company limits employee vacations when there is a product launch. These notices are also sent to employees with short notice.
Apple, however, made a different move at the Milton Keynes store. According to the website, employees will not be able to take a vacation between September 15, 2023 and October 7, 2023. Afterwards, there will be a further restriction period from December 2, 2023 until the beginning of January 2024.
This suggests that Apple intends to launch its new phones on the aforementioned dates. However, it will be necessary to wait for an official communication to confirm the dates.