The Bloomberg report claims that “a key reason” for Apple making the switch to USB-C is because of the European Union’s decision approved by a majority vote. That would force device makers to use USB-C ports. Most Android phones and tablets already use USB-C, and they charge devices faster than the lightning charger.
Apple may be considering ditching its proprietary lightning port in favour of the USB-C standard. According to a Bloomberg story, the switch might happen as early as 2023, with the year’s newest iPhone models. Airpods, Apple TV remote, MagSafe battery pack, MagSafe Duo charger, and iPhone are the only Apple devices that use lightning chargers right now. Apple has already made the conversion to USB-C on the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and Macs. The iPhone and Apple Watch both have USB-C power bricks.
If Apple is to switch over to USB-C, this will be the second time they’ve changed iPhone ports. From 2007 to 2011, Apple used a 30-pin iPod connector for the iPhone and all the variants of the iPhone 4. Then in 2012, Apple made the switch to the lightning port for the iPhone 5.
Apple has also been working on iPhones that don’t have any charging ports. But using a wireless connection isn’t as practical because it charges the phone at a slower rate and has trouble syncing up with other devices. It doesn’t seem like Apple will be releasing a portless iPhone in the foreseeable future.