Apple may now be adding USB-C charging to older iPhones

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If Apple follows its traditional schedule, we should see a new iPhone in September. The iPhone 15 is getting ready to be Apple’s first iPhone with USB-C charging capabilities. And while rumors and reports online provide solid evidence that the iPhone 15 will abandon the Lightning port, new information hints that other iPhones are doing the same.

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A post by user X (formerly Twitter) @aaronp613 shows that six unreleased iPhone models are in the tvOS 17 beta code. While four model numbers belong to iPhone 15 models, two iPhone models belong to iPhone 14 models, possibly iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 PlusAccording to BGR.

This iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone Pro Max It is expected to be discontinued by Apple after the release of the iPhone 15 and its variants. Typically, Apple stops the official production and distribution of Pro models of the previous iteration after a new iPhone is released, so as not to hinder the sale of the latest iPhone.

If Apple offers iPhone 14 models with USB-C charging, Apple will have changed the charging port of a product released for the first time. Apple introduced the Lightning connector in 2012 with the release of the iPhone 5.

Apple started experimenting with charging via USB-C in 2018. iPad Pro. Apple knew then that the Lightning cable was running out of time and wanted to test the waters with consumers. Since then, all iPad models have used USB-C charging, but the iPad has been the only Apple product to abandon the Lightning cable.

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It was a revolutionary business decision for Apple to use the Lightning cable in all of the company’s portable devices. With the Lightning cable, users could effectively charge their Apple devices only with a charger manufactured by Apple. Third-party Lightning cables can be faulty and force consumers to trust. Apple’s $17 cable.

But for the past decade, the European Union (EU) has been working to pass a law that requires all consumer electronics devices to use the same charging port: USB-C. The legislation finally became law late last year, and all tech companies must comply by 2024 or risk exile from the EU.

But it’s not a $17 cordon that keeps a $3 trillion company afloat. The Lightning cable gives Apple control over its private ecosystem, helps protect its walled garden, and maintains its stake in Lightning cable license agreements.

Relinquishing that control to a universal cable would be the antithesis of Apple’s business model. Still, it is necessary to comply with the law, and not only in Europe. Apple’s home country, California, passed a law earlier this year mandating all consumer electronics to use USB-C charging by 2026.

It is also said that Apple will make an announcement soon. AirPods Pro The case, which features a USB-C charging port instead of a Lightning port, shows that the company is slowly deprecating a key design feature.

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Apple’s choice to remove the headphone jack is still a matter of debate, so consumers are likely to feel awkward about switching from one charging port to another. However, that hasn’t stopped people from buying the iPhone 7.

Apple has many steps to take before the Lightning port and cable become a relic in tech history. While USB-C charging is standard for most headphones, smartphones, and other non-Apple devices, Apple users don’t like when their Apple exclusivity is threatened.

Let’s hope the USB-C port doesn’t challenge this privilege.

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