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Apple might be testing iPhones with USB-C port: Report

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  • Apple is reportedly testing future iPhone models with the Type-C port.
  • Apple is said to be working on an adapter that would allow future iPhones to work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector
  • This move comes as the company’s response to new European regulations.

Apple is reportedly testing future iPhone models with the Type-C port.

One of the primary things that Apple has held on to, as far as its iPhones are concerned, is the lightning port. However, that might be set to change soon since a proposal from the European Union has stated that many devices, including smartphones, must include Type-C or USB-C ports.

A report suggests that Apple has been testing iPhones with USB-C ports following the proposal, but we might not see it being implemented in the smartphones coming this year. According to Mark Gurman, Apple might not swap ports until 2023.

Gurman’s report follows Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s posts that stated that Apple might swap to USB-C ports by the second half of 2023, possibly with the new iPhone lineup.

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently claimed the iPhone 15 series will come with a USB Type-C port instead of the Lightning. Now, Bloomberg reports citing sources familiar with the development that the Cupertino giant is testing future iPhone models with the Type-C port. This move could help the company tackle the looming European regulations. Additionally, Apple is working on an adapter that would allow future iPhones to work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector, said sources.

The change, if indeed is happening, wouldn’t occur until 2023 at the earliest. The company is planning to retain the Lightning connector for this year’s new models.

Besides iPhones, in the latest tweet, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Lightning-supported products like the Magic Keyboard, Trackpad, Mouse, MagSafe Battery, and AirPods will get a USB Type-C port in the ‘foreseeable future.’However, the tweet doesn’t mention 2023 anywhere but we can probably expect the move to happen with the next-gen lineup. Apple in the near future will be moving to a USB Type-C port, going by the latest trend.

This move comes as the company’s response to new European regulations.

Alternately, there are also some rumors about Apple working on a portless iPhone with Gurman mentioning that the company has been working on iPhones without a charging port over the past few years. Gurman’s report does not mention though if any of these tests have been seen through or if a portless iPhone is coming any time soon.

This is not the first time Apple is having to deal with the European Commission’s orders or issues. The EU has accused Apple of abusing market dominance for contactless smartphone payments and breaking competition law.

However, as things stand with USB-C iPhones, we’ll have to wait till next year and see if Apple follows through.

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