New iPhones switch to USB-C, replacing the Lightning cable.

New iPhones switch to USB-C, replacing the Lightning cable.

Say goodbye to the Lightning cable: Apple embraces USB-C

Apple has recently made a major announcement at its annual fall product launch event that has left many iPhone users ecstatic. The tech giant declared that its newest iPhones will now come with USB-C ports, a move that brings its flagship devices in line with the reversible industry standard used by rival Android phones, as well as Windows PCs and Apple’s own Macs and iPads. Additionally, Apple has stated that it will also update its EarPods headphones case to allow for USB-C charging.

This development marks a significant departure for Apple, as it has been over a decade since the company last changed the iPhone’s charging port. The Lightning system, which was introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012, replaced the 30-pin connector that was first seen on the iPod. The Lightning port, a proprietary Apple-created connector, offered numerous improvements, including reversibility and a smaller size, as it was 80% smaller than its predecessor.

The decision to embrace USB-C is not entirely surprising and largely influenced by a new European Union law requiring universal USB-C phone chargers by 2024. While this change will necessitate users to acquire new cables for their iPhones, the silver lining is that these cables can be used to charge a variety of other devices. Chances are that many people already own a USB-C cable, which brings both convenience and a reduction in e-waste as individuals can now streamline their charging setup and eliminate the clutter of multiple cords.

In addition to simplifying users’ lives, USB-C offers significantly faster charging speeds. According to Apple, using a Lightning to USB-C cable along with a 20W or higher power adapter, iPhone charging can reach 50% in just 30 minutes. However, other companies like OnePlus and Samsung claim that their smartphones can achieve nearly a full charge within the same timeframe using a USB-C connection.

While Apple’s decision to adopt USB-C may disappoint some loyal Lightning cable users, the shift is a positive one. It brings iPhones in line with industry standards, provides greater convenience, and aligns with efforts to reduce electronic waste. Furthermore, the faster charging capabilities of USB-C make it an attractive feature for users who are always on the go and need their devices to charge quickly.

So, say goodbye to the Lightning cable and get ready to embrace USB-C. The future of charging for iPhones is here, and it’s brighter than ever.