Over the last week, Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg together reported that Apple will likely swap the iPhone from Lightning to USB-C charging as early as possible next year. However, it may also be logical to go over to USB-C at the same time that Apple gradually phases out Lightning ports for other existing products as well.
The analyst clarified in a follow-up tweet that Apple’s other Lightning-powered devices would follow suit. According to Kuo, a port-less iPhone would “create greater complications due to existing wireless technology restrictions and the immature MagSafe ecosystem.”
1. Portless iPhone may cause more problems due to current limitations of wireless technologies & the immature MagSafe ecosystem.
2. Other Lightning port products (e.g., AirPods, Magic Keyboard/Trackpad/Mouse, MagSafe Battery) would also switch to USB-C in the foreseeable future.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 15, 2022
Furthermore, the tweet claims that in addition to the introduction of a USB-C iPhone, Apple will also introduce new USB-C variants of its existing Lightning-charged products.
Accessories for Macs and iPhones also include AirPods wireless earbuds, the Magic Keyboard, Trackpad, and Mouse, as well as a MagSafe Battery Pack.