Apple could switch to USB-C as soon as next year and complete the transition in 2024, before getting rid of the physical ports?
Apple should more widely adopt the USB-C on its various products in the coming years, according to Mark Gurman, of Bloomberg. In his latest Power On newsletter, he says he expects the Cupertino company to make this transition for all of its wireless headphones, including the AirPods Pro recently updated to integrate the charging standard from here. to 2024. Plus, Apple could update accessories like the Magic Mouse with USB-C — and a slightly more intuitive design, hopefully — as early as next year.
Apple could switch to USB-C as soon as next year
This supposed change would bring the majority of Apple brand products into full compliance with the European Union’s upcoming USB-C law. A few days ago, the European Parliament voted to make this protocol a charging standard across the continent. Once in force, this law will require all new smartphones, tablets and other headphones or earphones marketed in the European Union to have USB-C to be recharged before the end of 2024. This law will also cover laptops from spring 2026.
Last May, Mark Gurman reported that Apple had started testing iPhones with USB-C ahead of the adoption of this bill. At the time, the reporter warned that if the company were to make this change, “this one won’t happen until 2023, at the earliest.” The deadline now seems to be shortened since, according to him, the iPhone 15 range should receive USB-C next fall.
and complete the transition in 2024, before getting rid of the physical ports?
However, Apple’s move to USB-C may only be short-lived. Mark Gurman expects the Cupertino company to move to “fully” inductively charged iPhones and iPads “in the next few years.” He specifies that the company could see this technology as a means of circumventing European law insofar as the latter does not cover wireless charging.
If you’ve been following the Apple rumor mill for some time, you certainly know that the iPhone devoid of any physical port is something that the Apple brand seems to have dreamed of for a very long time, even since the removal of the jack port in the iPhone 7 in 2016. Since then, however, Qi charging has caused some problems for Apple – one thinks in particular of the cancellation of the AirPower project in 2019 -.
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life’s biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.