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Major iPhone Leak: Not iPhone 14, but iPhone 15 may come with the elusive USB-C

A major iPhone leak has revealed that while iPhone 14 will continue with the Lightning port, iPhone 15 in 2023 may finally be equipped with the USB-C port.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 12:11 IST
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An iPhone leak by Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that instead of iPhone 14, 2023’s iPhone 15 may finally come with the USB-C port. (Reuters)

iPhone leak: According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may ditch the Lightning port in favor of the USB-C port with the iPhone 15 which will be launched in 2023. The early rumors predicted that the iPhone 14, which is set for a launch later this year might come with the USB-C port, but it appears that Apple will continue with the Lightning port for at least this year. At this point, it is not clear whether the USB-C port will be for all iPhone 15 models or a select few. This move, if it happens, will be a watershed moment for Apple as the company has stuck with the Lightning port since iPhone 5, even as the majority of smartphones moved towards USB-C port.

Kuo posted on Twitter today, revealing this new information. He tweeted, “My latest survey indicates that 2H23 new iPhone will abandon Lightning port and switch to USB-C port. USB-C could improve iPhone's transfer and charging speed in hardware designs, but the final spec details still depend on iOS support”. He further added, “It's expected to see existing USB-C-related suppliers of Apple's ecosystem (e.g., IC controller, connector) become the market's focus in the next 1-2 years, thanks to vast orders from iPhones and accessories' adoption of USB-C ports”.

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iPhone leak: iPhone 15 might switch to the USB-C port

This piece of information is interesting as previously Kuo had stated that Apple would stick with Lightning port because USB-C had lesser waterproof specifications and could be harmful to Apple's MiFi business. Now, according to the iPhone leak, it appears that Apple has changed its stance.

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It is being considered that the recent European Union (EU) mandate might be behind this changed stance. Recently, the EU had voted overwhelmingly in favor of a legislation that stated that all consumer electronics manufacturers who sell devices in Europe should feature a USB-C port, regardless of the manufacturer.

However, it is too late for iPhone 14 to change its specifications so dramatically, so it appears that the USB-C port might make an appearance in Apple devices starting 2023.

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First Published Date: 11 May, 18:09 IST