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Apple could switch products en masse to the new plug – report

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Apple could switch all of its products from Lightning connector to USB-C, according to a new report.

It comes just days after trusted analyst Ming-chi Kuo claimed this year’s iPhone 14 could be the last iPhone to use Apple’s proprietary connector.

Now he’s said other Apple products that use the connector are likely to make the same move, adopting the more standard USB-C connector for charging.

He also went into his predictions for the iPhone, which was quite surprising as many had assumed that Apple would move from using Lightning to not putting a connector in the iPhone at all and charging it wirelessly instead.

“The portless iPhone may cause more problems due to the current limitations of wireless technologies and the immature MagSafe ecosystem,” he wrote in a tweet.

Apple has been using the Lightning port for around 10 years. It was first introduced with the iPhone 5 and has since been present on other products like the iPad, as well as accessories like Apple’s keyboard and mouse and AirPods.

However, in recent years, USB-C has become more of a standard on Apple’s devices. That includes the iPads, which can take advantage of the newer connector’s faster data transfer and charging capabilities.

However, it is still unclear when this will be the case for the iPhone. While Bloomberg repeated the report that Apple would make the switch, both said it wouldn’t happen until 2023 at the earliest — but that it could happen after that.

Apple’s move to USB-C could bring a number of benefits, including faster charging and the option to use the same cable as the standard for all of its devices.

But it also might not have a choice. Last month, the European Union took another step forward by mandating USB-C as the standard in smaller electronic devices – which would force the iPhone to adopt the plug by law.

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