The latest wave of rumors and predictions from various market analysts point to a gradual but steady adoption of USB Type-C port in various products. apple. More specifically, we may very soon have a new generation of Apple AirPods with input USB-C.

So, according to the latest rumours, Apple is expected to drop the Lightning entry “in the near future”. This measure will impact the various accessories and gadgets of “Magic”, but especially the Apple AirPods headphones as one of the most popular gadgets of the Cupertino giant.

Will this be the end of Lightning’s entry into Apple products?

Apple AirPods

This seems to be the inexorable path for the next products of North American technology, with several rumors and strong speculations surrounding such a possibility. In its place will be a USB-C port, connectivity that has become a universal standard.

By the way, also in the next generations of Apple iPhones, such as the iPhone 15 that will arrive in 2023, we will be able to count on this port for the first time. However, the next generation, iPhone 14, which will arrive in September 2022, will have to keep the current Lightning port that has been present in Apple products for the last decade.

However, the technology will continue to capitalize on the ecosystem of accessories, licenses, and other revenue streams that come directly or indirectly from the Lightning standard. In short, Apple has every financial reason to keep its proprietary port.

Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will adopt the USB-C port

Kuo: AirPods, MagSafe Battery Pack and other Apple accessories will also switch to USB&C in the future Earlier this week, well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo clai

— of today (@_oftoday_) May 16, 2022

The reason for the possible general adoption of the standard USB-C it’s obvious. This has already become a true universal standard, as, for example, has been promoted by the European Commission in recent years.

However, they have so far been unsuccessful in dissuading Apple from using their proprietary port. Something that, in light of the new forecasts, could change in the foreseeable future. The growing pressure and European regulation will also have contributed to this.

The European Parliament wants to restrict the use of ports other than USB-C in all companies that produce portable devices. Thinking that it is better for consumers, the Parliament has not thought about some points: 1️⃣ Consult with consumers to know what they want;+

— Consumer Choice Center (@ConsumerChoiceC) November 17, 2021

Going back to Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions, apart from the iPhone, several of the iDevices should follow the same path. In fact, the entire range of “Magic” products, such as Apple’s trackpad, mouse and even keyboard, should adopt this universal port.

Furthermore, also the power bank of the apple, the MagSafe battery and the next generations of its dedicated audio accessories should follow suit.

The hypothesis of an iPhone without ports does not convince Kuo

1. iPhone without a port may cause more problems due to the current limitations of wireless technologies and the immature ecosystem of MagSafe.2. Other Lightning port products (eg AirPods, Magic Keyboard/Trackpad/Mouse, MagSafe Battery) will also switch to USB-C in the foreseeable future.

— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 15, 2022

Ultimately, it remains to be seen whether a possible completely wireless, portless iPhone will be reality or mere fan and user base speculation. Something that, for this market analyst dedicated to the objectives of the apple, is not a viable product.

Anyway, until next September we will have endless news from Apple to talk about.


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