Opinions will be divided on Apple’s iPhone 14 design decision, but it’s nothing compared to what Apple is planning next…
new Bloomberg Report, acclaimed Apple reporter Mark Gurman has revealed that Apple is currently testing an iPhone that is scrapping the company’s proprietary (and incredibly profitable) Lightning port for USB-C. And that could make the iPhone 14 family worthless.
Gurman says Apple’s decision was motivated by an upcoming change in European law that would force all phone manufacturers to adopt USB-C. The company has previously commented on this change that “a regulation requiring only one type of connector for all devices on the market will harm European consumers by slowing the introduction of beneficial innovations to charging standards, including those related to safety and energy efficiency. will give,” he claimed. “
But this is an argument that the EU overturned and a bill that mandated USB-C was approved by a majority last month. And the results for the iPhone 14 family could be substantial.
In Apple’s favor, EU law is unlikely to affect iPhones until 2023, and Gurman says Apple is testing USB-C on early iPhone 15 prototypes. However, once EU law is passed, all iPhone models will have a Lightning connector and will quickly be considered legacy devices. Not just Apple fans, but Apple itself.
There is precedent here. When the iPhone 5 launched a Lightning port in 2011, Apple released the iPad 4 lineup eight months after the iPad 3. It was almost the same tablet with only a processor bump and… yes, a new Lightning port. iPad 3 sales fell off a cliff, just like used prices.
As a result, if Apple releases its iPhone 15 lineup with USB-C, it’s likely to re-launch older iPhones it plans to continue selling, including iPhone 14 models with USB-C, even after the iPhone 15 launches. This will kill the used price of the iPhone 14 model with Lightning.
And no, it’s unlikely that Apple will sell USB-C iPhones in Europe and iPhones with Lightning in the rest of the world. “Having multiple versions of the same iPhone with different connectors will probably lead to more confusion,” Gurman said. “As a supply chain issue.”
The EU also has objectively good reasons for making these changes. Not only does a single port bring environmental benefits, but USB-C also offers faster charging and data transfer rates (the usage scenario is clear). It will also unify Apple’s lineup, given that MacBooks and iPad Pros are already charging using USB-C.
Interestingly, Gurman’s report similar argument Popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Wednesday. Kuo’s argument was rejected by many because at the time, before Apple’s adoption of USB-C, it was thought to favor the future of MagSafe-only iPhones. But now with Gurman on his side, the weight of both experts will see this news actually be taken very seriously.
For now, it’s unclear whether Apple will scrap its USB-C plans if no EU legislation is passed into law or if the company is already too far away. Gurman said Apple is already working on an “adapter that will allow the iPhone of the future to work with accessories currently designed for the Lightning connector,” Gurman said.
In short, nervous iPhone fans might be wise to put their upgrade plans on hold until 2023, when there are wider design changes anyway.
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