Apple Leak doubles down on new iPhone design

While Apple’s iPhone 14 design decisions will divide opinions, they don’t compare to what Apple is planning next…

In a new Bloomberg report, celebrity Apple reporter Mark Gorman reveals that Apple is currently testing iPhones that do away with the company’s proprietary (and incredibly profitable) Lightning port in favor of USB-C. And it could make the iPhone 14 range worthless.

Gurman stated that Apple’s decision is prompted by upcoming changes in European legislation that will force all phone manufacturers to adopt USB-C. The company previously opposed the changes, claiming that “regulation mandating only one type of connector for all devices on the market would harm European consumers by slowing the introduction of beneficial innovations in charging standards, including those related to safety and energy efficiency.”

But it’s an argument the European Union rejected and legislation last month to mandate USB-C was approved by a majority. And the consequences at the scale of the iPhone 14 could be significant.

In Apple’s favor, EU legislation is unlikely to affect iPhones until 2023, and Gurman states that Apple is testing USB-C on iPhone 15 prototypes. But if EU law is passed, all iPhone models with a Lightning fast connector will be considered obsolete. Not only by Apple fans but Apple itself.

There is a precedent here. When the iPhone 5 introduced the Lightning port in 2011, Apple released the iPad 4 lineup just eight months after the iPad 3, it was a nearly identical tablet with a processor bump and…yes, the new Lightning port. iPad 3 sales have fallen off a cliff, as has its second-hand value.

Thus, if Apple releases the iPhone 15 range with USB-C, it is plausible that the company will re-release older iPhones that it plans to continue selling (including iPhone 14 models) with USB-C after the release of the iPhone 15. This would kill used values For iPhone 14 models equipped with Lightning.

And no, Apple is unlikely to sell USB-C iPhones in Europe and lightning iPhones in the rest of the world, as Gurman explained that “having multiple versions of the same iPhone with different connectors is likely to lead to more confusion, also as a headache.” in the supply chain”.

Moreover, there are objectively good reasons for the EU to make this change. Not only does a single port provide environmental benefits, but USB-C offers faster charging and data transfer rates (which has obvious usage scenarios). It would also unify Apple’s bands, since MacBooks and iPad Pros already ship with USB-C.

Interestingly, Gorman’s report supports a Similar claim From popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Wednesday. At the time, Kuo’s claim was dismissed by many as Apple was believed to prefer the iPhone’s future MagSafe only prior to the adoption of USB-C. But with Gurman now on his side, the weight of both experts would see this news already taken seriously.

At this point, it’s not clear if Apple will cancel its USB-C plans if EU legislation doesn’t make it legal or if the company is already very far away. Gurman says Apple is already working on an “adapter that will allow future iPhones to work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector.”

In short, nervous iPhone fans might be wise to postpone their upgrade plans until 2023 when broader design changes come along anyway.

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