Until very recently, the prospect of a USB-C iPhone seemed like a pipe dream. Then in the space of just a couple of days, two heavyweight Apple insiders came forth with news that Apple is indeed testing USB-C on the iPhone, with a view to including it perhaps next year in the iPhone 13.
USB-C does make some sense on the iPhone for a number of reasons, not least impending EU legislation that will make it the standard charger port of choice on all small and medium-sized gadgets. But as Apple customers who went through the 30-pin to Lightning connector saga in 2012 will remember, changing a charging standard is not without its challenges, and Apple has resisted moving on its recent best iPhones, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.
So that's why we want to hear from you. We want to know if Apple users want Apple to make this switch and if it will cause them inconvenience or be a welcome change? We also want to know whether you think this change has come at the right time, or if it's even worth making at all with the prospect of a portless iPhone possibly on the horizon.
Surely for users of multiple devices, having a standard charger would be preferable, but many users will have also invested heavily in the Lightning ecosystem, buying speakers, chargers, and more. So check out the questions below and let us know what you think.
Should the iPhone make the switch to USB-C?
First up an easy one, should Apple make the switch from Lightning to USB-C on the iPhone?
Is this the right time for Apple to make the switch to the USB-C iPhone?
We've had Lightning for 10 years now, so it's arguably a good time for a change. Equally, people are now more invested in the Lightning ecosystem than they have ever been before. USB-C is also not a new technology, so is it wise for Apple to make that switch?
Would a USB-C iPhone make your life easier or harder?
There are pros and cons to a USB-C switch, what would the change mean for you?
Still not sure about the prospect of a USB-C iPhone? Here's what accessory makers and experts have to say about the change.
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It's a bad idea USB-C is such a mishmash of standards that don't always work together with no way to tell if the cable you have will work with the port you have.
That's easy to fix/mitigate. First, buy quality cables. Second, connect things that adhere to standards. If you are in the Apple ecosystem, this should be easy. I have no doubt that an iPhone will connect to a MacBook using an Apple cable. If you are using 3 for $2.99 USB-C cables from E-Bay, YMMV. I'm sure Apple will still have a built-for-Apple program that you can look for to make sure your external SSD and such will work with your iPhone.
USB-C should have been on the iPhone's years ago. Its just that Apple gets to control and make more money for all of their proprietary lightning devices and accessories. After all lightning is Apple's baby, which is not a standard. It has a much slower data throughput. There is next to no 3rd party supported devices for lightning, like TVs, monitors, camera's, audio equipment, and the list is really long what Apple's proprietary lightning does not support. There is a lot more USB-C supported device in the world. Plus USB-C ports and cables support a lot more current compared to Apple's lightning crap. Lightning needed to die years ago. When you look at all of Apple's current hardware, the only thing today that doesn't support USB-C is Apple's iPhones. All of Apple's Macs, and iPads already have switched to USB-C. So why is Apple still torturing their customers with their crappy lightning.
"There is next to no 3rd party supported devices for lightning, like TVs, monitors, camera's, audio equipment, ...." I would disagree with that. There are tons of devices that support lightning, just as there were tons that supported the 30 pin connector. "The only thing today that doesn't support USB-C is Apple's iPhones." Again, Apple's mice, keyboards, touchpads, battery pack, Airpods, including the $550 Max, all use lightning.
That said, it is time to move on.
It has to be USB 3.2 (gen 2) to be worth it. Which means we'll need to get Thunderbolt 4 cables to make sure we get the most out of our devices. Not much chance of them going to Thunderbolt 4 for the iPhone Pro, though that would really solve a lot of issues for people shooting big videos.
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