Apple should get rid of the lighting, just like the 30-pin connector.


It’s time for Apple’s Lightning port to die. You know it, I know it, and Apple knows it.

No one likes change, even though change is a fundamental, almost DNA-level part of technology and innovation. But now, 10 years after Apple unveiled the lighting port and related cables with the iPhone 5, we’re ready to use the more universally accepted ports and plugs.

The Lightning port is now 10 years old and faced similar concerns when it was introduced on September 12, 2012. As you can see, the tiny 8-pin connector was pushing aside Apple’s much wider (and widely used) 30-pin connector before the iPhone was released.

Entire industries have been built around that connector. iPod touch If you owned every generation of iPod up to the 5th generation, you probably had a dock as well. maybe from griffin (Opens in a new tab), connected to a large speaker. It’s not uncommon to walk into someone’s house and plug an iPod or iPhone into the speaker dock and fill the party with the frog rock sounds from your personal playlist.

End of another port age

The news that Apple is discontinuing the 30-pin connector has been warned. We all owned several 30-pin charging cables and accessories.

When the iPhone 5 was released in 2012, Apple did its best to allay that concern by offering a free 30-pin connector-to-light port plug adapter. I still have a few in my drawer.

Accessories manufacturers were slightly less embarrassed than users. They were still selling speakers, docks, third-party charging cables and adapters to millions of existing iPhone, iPad and iPod owners.

Perhaps more foresight than others. Logitech told WiredUK (Opens in a new tab) At the time, “You can still find Logitech speaker docks compatible with older Apple devices at retail, but we’re gearing up for a wireless Christmas.” That said, Logitech foresaw the rapid rise of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled audio. However, wireless charging was still not an issue.

necessary change

At the time, it was clear why Apple discontinued the 30-pin connector. First, plugs without moving parts are cheaper and easier to manufacture. The company was also making more powerful devices, for example, bigger batteries and other more useful components (better and more powerful A-series chips, more sensitive and sophisticated haptics, much more powerful and bigger high-resolution screens). Perhaps Apple wanted to make room for NFC contactless payment technology.

But if Apple does get rid of the Lightning port, the reasons won’t revolve entirely around technical considerations.

As of this writing, the European Union is putting pressure on Apple to stop using proprietary charging systems that require proprietary lighting cables. This is not because the EU favors USB-C, but because doing so could potentially reduce e-waste. While the EU’s action is not binding and Apple has “expressed concerns”, I think Apple will meet it within one or two iPhone update cycles. Rumor has it that there is now a USB-C port for the iPhone 15 rather than the iPhone 14.

I think Apple could surprise us and introduce a USB-C port to one iPhone 14 model, perhaps the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

But no matter what Apple does, our world won’t collapse around us because Apple has stopped lighting ports.

we will survive

First of all, we survived Apple not supporting 30-pin connectors. I remember something about panicking before, during, and shortly after the iPhone 5 was released. But it quickly subsided. We still had the old cables if we wanted to use them with the old devices, but the new cables were shipped with the new ones. Besides, iPhone 5 sold out within days (Opens in a new tab) of release. I think we all decided then that we could live with change.

In a nutshell, we used to have as many extra light cables as we used to with 30-pin connector cables. Soon we found out that this cable is lighter and more portable, yet wears out more easily than previous cables. Have you ever seen a light port cable?”turtle neck (Opens in a new tab)“? If the cable sheath starts to crack and starts to clump just before the cable’s business is over? Or maybe you’ve seen the hook just behind the crack of an 8-pin plug.

That’s right, this plug is not something we cherish and protect.

There was time for lighting cables and ports (ie, ports that were full of dust and debris and could no longer charge your phone without first digging up the dirt).

As Logitech foretold in 2012, the wireless future, as well as audio, backup and data transmission, has become a reality. Current (iPhone 13) and future iPhones feature MagSafe-style wireless charging. Maybe you should ask yourself if future iPhones also need ports. apologize clearly You are already asking that question.

When Apple releases its first USB-C iPhone and iPad, we have to welcome the change. Not only will this port offer some new fast charging features, but you’ll find that cables from other devices made within the last five years can now be used on the new iPhone as well.

This is a victory, so overcome it.

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