You may be wondering why Apple may have to abandon its Lightning cable, as it’s slowly becoming obsolete. The reason is simple: USB-C is faster and can transfer data at a faster rate. However, USB-C isn’t as flexible as Lightning cables. That means customers may want to look for a USB-C charger with their next iPhone.
USB-C is a faster version of USB
Apple is planning to move from using Lightning to USB-C, which is a faster version of USB, by 2023. The reason for this switch is not entirely clear, but it may be driven by pressure from the European Union, which is expected to rule on this issue later this year. Lightning replaced the 30-pin connector on the iPad 4 and iPhone 5, but is now only used on the 10.2-inch iPad.
Although USB-C isn’t as widely used as Lightning, it offers a variety of convenience and versatility. Its symmetrical connector allows it to be plugged in either direction, making it easier for people with limited dexterity to use. It is also faster than Lightning and can charge more than one device at a time.
It can transfer data at 640MB/s
The European Union wants Apple to adopt USB-C as the new standard for charging and data transfer. It believes this will reduce the amount of electronic waste generated by the iPhone. However, Apple has denied this, saying that switching to USB-C would create more e-waste. It is unclear whether Apple will drop Lightning and embrace USB-C to transfer data at 640MB/s, or if it will continue to use Lightning while the USB-C standard matures.
Apple has not significantly improved the Lightning connector in the past seven years. Most Lightning cables still transfer data at USB 2.0 speeds, although some have been reported to work at USB 3.0 speeds. However, since the Lightning connector is proprietary, Apple has no obligation to release the exact specifications. Its performance is no longer fast enough to compete with USB-C.
It’s not as flexible
Apple’s latest patent application specifically mentions Lightning cables, but doesn’t mention frayed ends. This could mean that the cables aren’t as flexible as they should be, and they could break if something falls on them. The cable may also be susceptible to damage from stray drops of soft drinks or coins, or even keys and liquids left in cup holders.
Apple has a tendency to stick with bad decisions. This was the case with hockey puck mice and the Touch Bar on its laptops. Now, the company may need to upgrade its tech, or it may need to abandon the Lightning connector altogether.
The European Union is trying to force Apple to use USB-C on its phones, but the company is fighting back. In an official statement, an Apple spokesperson explained that the mandate is unnecessary and will hamper innovation. It will also negatively impact consumers in Europe and around the world. In addition, it would make the ecosystem of Lightning accessories useless.
Apple has long favored the Lightning port as it allows for more flexible product design and better waterproofing capabilities. While USB-C is an open standard, Apple has been hesitant to switch over to the new standard.