Apple is reportedly testing USB-C iPhones

Apple may be about to change the iPhone’s charging port. according to a Bloomberg reportThe company is testing new iPhones and adapters with USB-C, which is what MacBooks and iPads already use, not to mention a host of devices outside of Apple’s ecosystem. We have reached out to Apple to confirm and have not yet received a response.

by Bloomberg The sources said the adapter being tested may “allow future iPhones to work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector.” That could mean a Lightning to USB-C adapter for things like credit card scanners or flash drives that plug into existing iPhones. BloombergApple’s report noted that if Apple “goes ahead with the change, it won’t happen until 2023 at the earliest.”

While Apple’s decisions to switch ports have been the subject of many jokes in popular culture, a move to USB-C may actually be a welcome one. The most widely available standard is only slightly larger than Lightning, but can deliver power and data faster. The change could also make life a lot easier for those who already use USB-C to charge most of their devices and still have to carry around a Lightning cable just for their iPhones.

Apple’s motivations for the potential change may not be entirely altruistic. The EU has been pushing for a universal phone charging standard for years, recently proposing legislation that would make USB-C the mandatory port for all phones. Testing USB-C on iPhones would simply be Apple acknowledging the writing on the wall. However, if this happens, it would not only be convenient for most people who already use USB-C heavily, but it could also mean less e-waste in the future.

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