Well-connected Apple industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo last week said Apple has plans to release at least one iPhone 15 model boasting a USB-C port in 2023. Now, he’s tweeted again, saying Apple will also switch some of its accessories – including the MagSafe Battery Pack, AirPods, and the Magic Mouse, Keyboard, and Trackpad – to USB-C in the “foreseeable future.”
1. Portless iPhone may cause more problems due to current limitations of wireless technologies & the immature MagSafe ecosystem.
2. Other Lightning port products (e.g., AirPods, Magic Keyboard/Trackpad/Mouse, MagSafe Battery) would also switch to USB-C in the foreseeable future. https://t.co/KD14TgBmtr
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 15, 2022
The iPhone, as well as the accessories mentioned above, all currently use Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector for charging and data transfer. The switch to USB-C would likely satisfy regulators who are pushing Apple to standardize its connectors with the rest of the industry.
Kuo also indicated that Apple doesn’t have plans to offer a portless iPhone, due to the “current limitations of wireless technologies & the immature MagSafe ecosystem.”