iPhones could say goodbye to Lightning ports in favor of USB-C

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USB-C ports would allow faster charging and file transfer speeds

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Apple could be working to change the ports of its iPhones phones from 2023 leaving Lightning technology behind, giving way to the USB-C standard. The information was released by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The expert pointed out that this change would allow the new iPhones to have significantly higher file transfer and charging rates than those currently available to these terminals.

USB-C ports are not something new for Apple because the company already has devices that have this standard. An example of this are the most recent iPads which now incorporate these types of ports instead of Apple’s iconic Lightning.

It is not the first time that it is speculated that Apple is preparing to adopt the change in the type of port of its flagship product, however this has not come to fruition.

Some voices within the industry have suggested that Apple would prefer to opt directly to eliminate the ports of the iPhone and carry a system of file transfer and wireless charging before giving in to the USB-C standard used by the vast majority of mobile devices on the market.

European market

One reason that could explain the supposed change in Apple’s position is the decision of the European authorities to approve a bill that aims to convert to USB-C as the standard across Europe.

It is expected that the measure will be definitively approved at the beginning of 2023, the same year mentioned by Ming-Chi Kuo, and that it will come into effect by mid-2025. If this scenario materializes Apple would be forced to change the port of equipment sold in Europe or be exposed to sanctions by European regulators.

And it is that the decision for the company is not easy taking into account the importance of this market in terms of its global income. According to figures from the firm Counterpoint Research, At the end of 2021, Apple ranked as the second company with the highest sales of smartphones in Europe with a market share of 26%.

According to statistics, the company ranks as the second largest in the entire continent, only behind Samsung, which has 32%.

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