APPLE has been rumored to be making alterations to the iPhone’s physical casing and scrapping the Lightning port charger.
Industry insiders think the iPhone’s power adapter will change dramatically within the next two years.
Apple’s Lightning charger was rolled out in 2012 with the release of the iPhone 5.
The Lightning port replaced the wide, rectangular port last seen on the iPhone 4.
Lightning port chargers have been on the market for a decade – high quality Apple-made chargers and off-brand copycats are everywhere.
But Apple may be transitioning the iPhone charging port to a USB-C shape or even a fully portless model.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a lauded Apple expert, thinks USB-C chargers are coming to the iPhone by 2023.
“USB-C could improve iPhone’s transfer and charging speed in hardware designs, but the final spec details still depend on iOS support,” Kuo getwiet.
External factors could push Apple towards adopting the USB-C.
The European Union is working on an initiative to force tech companies into adopting a universal charger compatible with all devices to reduce e-waste,
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Not all Apple forecasters are in agreement that the iPhone transitioning to USB-C is a sure thing.
Abel Demoz, an Apple specialist, wrote in a thread “Apple wants to get rid of the port altogether rather than replace the Lightning port with USB-C.”
Wireless charging is available for the iPhone now – an Apple-approved wireless charging dock costs $39.00.
Belkin, a tech company that manufactures wireless charging technologies, says that wireless charging is just as fast as plug-in wires.
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Kuo bygevoeg that other Apple devices, like the AirPods, Magic Keyboard and iMac Mouse, could also phase out Lightning ports and bring in USB-C chargers.
With over a billion Lightning-powered devices in circulation, altering the charger represents a potential seismic shift in the Apple ecosystem.