When will USB-C iPhone be available?

When will USB-C iPhone be available?

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iPhones are very popular in the United States, but they account for less than a quarter of smartphones worldwide. Most people charge their phones with USB-C cables, but iPhones are stuck with Lightning. Does that change?

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People have been begging Apple to bring USB-C to the iPhone for some time.

First and foremost, Apple is already using USB-C in other product lines. The first MacBook with USB-C charging came out in 2015. The iPad Pro got USB-C in 2018, but to this day, not all iPads come with a USB-C port. For example, the base 2021 iPad still has a Lightning connector. It appears that Apple is gradually switching other products to USB-C.

Another big reason was mentioned at the beginning of this article. Most smartphones and tablets already use USB-C. No more annoying situations where you can’t charge your iPhone because no one has a Lightning cable. The European Union is working on rules to make this happen for this very reason.

Besides these practical reasons, USB-C also has many technical advantages. USB-C can have the power to charge large devices such as smartphones as well as laptops. The USB-C (Thunderbolt) version can transfer up to 40Gbps.

The USB-C iPhone case is very clear. iPads and MacBooks already use it, and the vast majority of other smartphones and tablets already use it, with the tech specs making it worth it.

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USB-C iPhone Case

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USB-C looks perfect on paper, but it’s not without its problems. USB-C isn’t a magical “universal” standard that works with all USB-C enabled devices. Be careful with the USB-C cables and accessories you use.

Some USB-C cables have a large “old” USB-A connector on one end, while others have a USB-C connector on both ends. This isn’t a problem with a properly made cable, but a cheap USB-C cable with a USB-C connector on the end can fry your phone with plenty of power.

Another inconvenience of USB-C cables is their use. Most older USB-A cables can be used for charging and data transfer, but not USB-C. USB-C cables that support USB 2.0 are very slow to charge and transfer data. If you want to connect your USB-C mobile phone to your computer, you need to make sure that the cable supports USB 3.0 or higher.

The good news is that these issues are very likely not an issue with iPhone USB-C devices, assuming Apple includes the appropriate cable in the box.

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What do you think of apples

Lightning and USB-C cable.
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Now that we’ve covered the practical and technical pros and cons, it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room: Apple. All thanks to the people of Cupertino.

Money is clearly the biggest factor in Apple’s decision. Did you know that Apple is supposed to get $4 from every Lightning cable sold? It’s a huge revenue stream that will eventually dry up when the Lightning cable is phased out.

Rumor has it that Apple is concerned that USB-C will be waterproof, but this argument is not well-founded. There are many IP68 rated smartphones with USB-C ports. Another rumor is that because Apple doesn’t have USB-C, it will have less control over the design of the device.

But perhaps the biggest reason we haven’t seen the USB-C iPhone is that Apple might get rid of charging ports entirely. Most iPhones already support wireless charging with MagSafe, but data transfer is not possible yet. If that happens, Apple may go straight to the iPhone that doesn’t have ports.

If that’s really Apple’s goal, the European Union will screw things up. The above proposal, if passed in 2022, would give iPhones (and all consumer gadgets) two years to use USB-C.


As of writing in early September 2022, the iPhone 14 series is slated to be announced, all signs say it’s sticking with a Lightning port, and the closest it could be to an iPhone 15 in 2023.

In the end, it could get out of Apple’s hands. Even if portless iPhones were the end goal, the EU proposal would force it to include a USB-C port. Apple may decide to release special USB-C models only in these regions and go without ports in the US, where iPhones are more popular.

“When will the USB-C iPhone come out?” It is a valid question that many people ask, but unfortunately there is no good answer. This will be due to developments and regulations for MagSafe from the European Union and others. But we can dream.

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