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Apple is reportedly testing the iPhone with USB-C

Apple may be considering moving to the USB-C format through its proprietary Lightning port. The news comes through a Bloomberg report suggesting the move could take place as early as 2023 with newer iPhone models from that year.

The only Apple products that currently use Lightning chargers are Airpods, the Apple TV remote, the MagSafe Battery Pack, the MagSafe Duo charger, and the iPhone. At the same time, Apple has already switched to USB-C with the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and Mac. Both the iPhone and the Apple Watch use USB-C for their power supplies.

The Bloomberg report states that “a key reason” for Apple to make the switch to USB-C is due to the European Union’s decision approved by a majority vote. That would force device manufacturers to use USB-C ports. Most Android phones and tablets already use USB-C and charge devices faster than Lightning charger.

Apple has also been working on iPhones that don’t have charging ports. But using a wireless connection isn’t as convenient because it charges the phone at a slower rate and has trouble syncing with other devices. It doesn’t look like Apple is going to release a portless iPhone in the foreseeable future.

If Apple does switch to USB-C, this will be the second time they’ve changed iPhone ports. From 2007 to 2011, Apple used a 30-pin iPod connector for the iPhone and all variants of the iPhone 4. Then in 2012, Apple made the switch to the lightning port for the iPhone 5.

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