Early on within the iPhone 15 growth course of, Apple created a model that included a Lightning port, in accordance to Apple leaker Unknownz21. In a tweet, Unknownz21 mentioned that Apple examined an iPhone 15 with a Lightning port “very early on” however that it was “rapidly scrapped” in favor of the USB-C model.
iPhone 15 fashions outfitted with USB-C as a substitute of Lightning had been in testing as early as January 2022, and all designs after March 2022 centered on a USB-C port.
Apple’s transition to USB-C on the iPhone has been one of the constant rumors, and the corporate is predicted to ditch the Lightning port for all 4 fashions which are coming this 12 months. Each Professional and normal fashions alike will cost through USB-C as a substitute of Lightning, a primary for the iPhone.
Some particulars about USB-C on the iPhone 15:
It was in testing way back to January 2022, and just about all designs since March 2022 have had the USB-C port as a substitute of lightning.
There was a model with a lightning port very early on, but it surely was rapidly scrapped.
— Unknownz21 🌈 (@URedditor) April 18, 2023
USB-C ports have been included within the Mac lineup since 2015 and the iPad line since 2018. All iPads that Apple sells now function a USB-C port, actually, so the one iOS units that also use Lightning are the iPhones. Apple is planning to transition to USB-C for the iPhone due to European laws that mandate a standard charger for digital units.
The Lightning port isn’t permitted below these guidelines, so Apple had the choice of introducing USB-C simply in Europe and sticking with Lightning in every single place else, or utilizing USB-C worldwide and eliminating Lightning completely. USB-C throughout all Apple units will make charging easier as a result of iPhones, iPads, and Macs will likely be in a position to share the identical cable and energy adapter.
Apple will ultimately want to replace the third-technology AirPods, (*15*) 2, AirPods Max, Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, Magic Keyboard, and unique Apple Pencil, all units that proceed to cost with Lightning.
Apple could not want to depend on USB-C charging for too lengthy, as the corporate has been pushing MagSafe wi-fi charging. iPhones for the reason that iPhone 12 have integrated MagSafe, and Apple might be planning to add related know-how to future iPad fashions. There have been rumors that Apple’s eventual aim is to have a portless, all-show iPhone, and with MagSafe and the upcoming launch of Qi2, which may be potential sooner or later. The Qi2 normal will permit for quicker MagSafe-like charging speeds and can function a extra open various to MagSafe.