Apple’s move to USB-C iPhones is a win-win for everyone

In recent weeks, reports have suggested that Apple could finally ditch the lightning port and be on the way to a USB-C future. And I’m crossing my fingers in hopes that this will actually happen.

First, Bloomberg and analyst Ming Chi Kuo’ suggested that the iPhone 15 – which will be released next year – will have a USB-C port. Now, a new note from Kuo suggests that some accessories would also use this USB charging stand:

Other Lightning port products (e.g. AirPods, Magic Keyboard/Trackpad/Mouse, MagSafe Battery) are also expected to switch to USB-C in the near future.

It is logical. If your primary device (iPhone) charges through a USB-C port, you don’t want other accessories to charge through a different port. That would mean carrying extra cables with you. ugh.

The move to USB-C could have multiple benefits for Apple. First, it could improve fast charging for all devices. Most iPhones currently charge at 18W-20W, while the Pro Max versions can be charged at a slightly higher rate

Hopefully USB-C can unlock higher wattages and charge your iPhone even faster. For reference, Xiaomi is currently making a phone under $400 that should be fully charged in 15 minutes.

In addition, Apple already uses the USB-PD standard for charging. So all certified USB-C to C cables can potentially help with fast charging of iPhones. That means you can use your existing cables or look for a standard cable on the market.

It’s great to imagine a future where you can use your old Samsung or Pixel charger to power up your iPhone or your AirPods.

Could this mean Apple could potentially stop shipping cables with iPhones? We do not know yet. But we hope that will not be the case in the coming years.

Another benefit of switching to USB-C is faster data transfer. Currently, Apple uses the USB 2.0 standard, which has a theoretical speed limit of 480 Mbits per second (about 60 MB per second). Now it may be able to move to USB 3.1 or 3.2 and unlock data transfers at multiple gigabits per second.

Yeah, good luck remembering this shit