Shock iPhone 15 leak claims 2023 could see USB-C coming to iPhone

iPhone charging port
iPhone charging port (Image credit: Joseph Keller/iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple is apparently going to ditch the Lightning port on iPhone next year.
  • An incredibly reliable insider says 2023 could see USB-C come to the iPhone.
  • Ming-Chi Kuo says this would speed up charging and data transfer.

A shocking revelation from a reliable insider claims the iPhone 15 will abandon the Lightning port in favor of USB-C.

Ming-Chi Kuo took to Twitter today stating:

My latest survey indicates that 2H23 new iPhone will abandon Lightning port and switch to USB-C port. USB-C could improve iPhone's transfer and charging speed in hardware designs, but the final spec details still depend on iOS support.

Kuo claims that Apple "will abandon Lightning port and switch to USB-C port" with the iPhone 15, set to be released in its usual window in 2023. Kuo says this would improve data transfer and charging speeds, "but the final spec details still depend on iOS support."

Kuo says that existing USB-C suppliers stand to benefit from the move over the next two years "thanks to vast orders from iPhones and accessories' adoption of USB-C ports."

The USB-C iPhone was thought to be a dream lost to time, with Apple's best iPhone, the iPhone 13, sticking with Lightning despite Apple adopting USB-C across all of its other products including its best iPads.

If Kuo is correct it could be the biggest transformation for iPhone since the adoption of Lightning, and bring an end to the misery of having to hold on to multiple chargers because of the differing standards.

The EU is also planning to mandate USB-C charging across all devices including mobile phones in the near future, however, it was thought that this would prove irrelevant to Apple, with the company choosing a portless iPhone over USB-C.

As noted, Kuo says the 2023 iPhone will adopt this, so iPhone 14 looks set to be the last year of Lightning on the iPhone, if Kuo's prediction comes to pass.

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  • We always keep hearing stuff like this every year. Apple could have replaced that crappy lightning port last year, Apple still has time to get rid of that lightning port for the iPhone 14 models. If Apple truly cared about the environment, then Apple would replace their useless lightning port over to USB-C instead, especially since all of Apple's other devices use USB-C. Plus USB-C brings a lot more advantages to the table than that crappy proprietary lightning crap. Don't forget people, Apple has been saying and doing two different things, and please don't forget that Apple is expecting to replace their iPhones less than 9 years from now, and see their iPhones being replaced with their AR glasses. Just like Apple rumours that they are working on a foldable type iPhones. Apple could have come out with a Flip type iPhone already, but doesn't want to. Its not like the tech isn't ready today. Its been ready for years, especially since Samsung is going to be releasing their 4th versions of their Flip type foldables, and their 2 in 1 foldables, like their Z Fold 4. Actions speak louder than words, and Apple's actions on their lightning ports, speaks volumes.
  • What does “the environment” have to do with any of this? How is a cable better/worse for “the environment” than another cable?
  • If Apple truly cared about the environment, then Apple could remove all cables from the iPhones as well, especially if the iPhones came with a USB-C port instead of using Apple's crappy proprietary lightning ports. We already know that Apple has gone with USB-C ports on all of their iPads, and Macs. So Apples own customers could use and share the same USB-C chargers on a USB-C iPhone. Even the EU is going after Apple for not putting USB-C on their iPhones. But it all comes down to money. Especially since Apple makes more money by keeping their proprietary lightning crap going instead. So yeah, it is BS when Apple talks about saving the environment.
  • So, to recap. A USB-C cable is better for “the environment” than a lightning cable. 🙄 Um, OK. That makes no sense at all. A cable is a cable is a cable. The connector on each end makes no difference.