The decision to end the Lightning port would make it possible to homogenize the company’s product catalog and avoid a legal battle with the EU technology 20 years after its launch, and Apple will stop selling iPods.
Manzana is testing new iPhone designs that do away with the Lightning port the company has used in the iPhone and other products since 2012. The decision to end this standard of connection would allow homogenizing of the company’s product catalog while avoiding a legal battle with the European Union, which finalizes regulations to require these connections in all electronic devices.
According to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who works with several providers in the apple supply chain, the company will leap the new port on the iPhone in 2023.
Apple released the Lightning connection before USB-C was developed. For years, it offered significant advantages over the existing alternative connection standard, Micro USB, such as using a reversible connector and using direct audio channels and not just using audio data.
With the arrival of USB-C, a standard that Apple has collaborated on, many of the advantages of Lightning are gone. The port is even simpler to manufacture and offers better water resistance. Still, the jump to USB-C will allow Apple to provide faster connection speeds, a single charging solution between all its devices, and compatibility with cables from other manufacturers.
The company has already begun the transition of some of its product lines in this direction. For example, the iPad has used Lightning since 2012, but the most recent models have already leaped USB-C. On Macs, USB-C has long been the standard connection, even for charging, although the latest models of MacBook pro. They also include a complementary MagSafe magnetic charging port.
There were doubts among analysts about Apple’s intentions regarding Lightning in the case of iPhones. Many expected the company to eliminate the port. iPhone charging can be done wirelessly using chargers from the Qi standard for years, and there are ways to transfer data wirelessly if the phone needs maintenance.
According to Bloomberg, who has confirmed the Kuo Filtration, iPhones will come with an adapter so you can continue to use accessories that now require the Lightning port.
The decision would prevent the current European legislation from prospering. Manzana had to manufacture a specific model of iPhone for the territory of the European Union. The company has tried to curb the Brussels attempts to homogenize the charging standard and instead require only that chargers, not devices, use USB-C as a port.
Manzana defends this alternative arguing that forcing the use of a specific connection in the device is a brake on innovation. After all, if Europe had required the same with MicroUSB (as he came to propose at the time), it would have considerably delayed the development and implementation of USB-C.
Until the European Commission did not decide to change the regulations, no manufacturer would have been able to integrate a USB-C into phones, or at least not as a dedicated port.