iPhone 15 USB-C Port “Is Essentially A Lock,” Says Gurman. Is It True!

According to Mark Gurman’s latest Power On newsletter, using a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port on the iPhone 15 is “essentially a lock.” Numerous reports have suggested that the iPhone 15 will be the model on which Apple implements the feature, a full year before it becomes obligatory for all smartphones sold in the European Union. However, Gurman’s statement is the most definitive evidence to date.

Background

Apple has always taken a different approach when it comes to iPhone connectors, and this has paid off in the past. Unlike the micro USB standard, which is a one-way plug and port that is universally despised for being difficult to insert, Apple’s Lightning port can be used in either direction.

But now we have USB-C, which is as simple to use as Apple’s Lightning port, and we can finally say goodbye to the micro USB port. Apple’s MacBooks were among the first to feature USB-C ports, and the company has since replaced Lightning with USB-C in the vast majority of its iPad models. The iPhone’s Lightning port is now a singularity among mobile devices.

For many Apple customers, the ability to charge and sync their devices with a single USB-C cable would be a huge time saver.

USB-C will become mandatory for all smartphones sold in the EU’s 27 member states in 2024, effectively mandating its adoption by Apple for its 2024 iPhone lineup. It’s possible that Apple will only implement the USB-C port switch on European models of the iPhone, but that would add an unnecessary level of complexity and it’s more likely that the company will implement the switch everywhere.

iPhone 15 USB-C Port

Although the mandate doesn’t take effect until the iPhone 16 in 2024, rumors have persisted that Apple will implement the change a year earlier, with the iPhone 15. In May, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple would switch from Lightning to USB-C in the second half of 2023, citing evidence from the company’s supply chain.

Earlier that same month, Bloomberg stated that Apple was reportedly testing an iPhone design with a USB-C port internally, but that the transition wouldn’t happen until at least 2023. The paper’s Mark Gurman, however, expands upon this in the most recent issue of Power On.

Apple has been preparing for this law. I think the company will even handily beat the due date with its most visible products. The iPhone 15 is essentially a lock to get USB-C in the fall of 2023, beating the mandate by a year.

Other Possibilities Do Remain

The new law is unambiguous, but there are ways to get around it. Technically, Apple could fulfill the mandate to allow iPhones to be charged via USB-C by including a USB-C-to-Lightning adapter in the package, but this seems highly unlikely. Some have speculated that by the year 2024, Apple will have switched to a completely portless iPhone that can only be charged wirelessly.

Again, this is in line with the law because it only affects devices that can be charged through a cable. While most consumers would be content with wireless charging and data transfer, professionals who incorporate the iPhone into their processes may require even faster methods.

AirPods, Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad

Although the mandate covers a wide variety of other products, we’ve already established that Apple will have to adopt USB-C charging for its AirPods, Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad.

As Gurman points out, the law only affects newly manufactured gadgets, so Apple is free to keep selling its current Lightning-powered models indefinitely. In contrast, the requirement to use USB-C for charging will become effective as soon as a new model is released. It is unclear if and when Apple will upgrade its Mac input devices, so a switch to USB-C is possible.