With the news that the European Parliament has voted in favor of a new rule requiring all new phones and smaller electronic devices that use a cable to charge to have a USB-C port, Apple has some major decisions to make. take. Although the new rule technically only applies to new products sold in Europe, it is likely to affect Apple’s global product lineup very soon. While Apple has already switched to USB-C on the Mac and most of its iPads, several products still use the proprietary Lightning port introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012, including the iPhone 14.
In his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman speculates that many Apple devices could make the switch in 2024, well ahead of the EU’s proposed date of late 2024. Here are the products that could ditch the Lightning port sooner rather than later :
Last updated: March 2022 (iPhone SE)/September 2022 (iPhone 14)
Next scheduled update: March 2024 (iPhone SE)/September 2023 (iPhone 15)
The iPhone 14 is probably the last flagship model with a Lightning port. While the next iPhone will arrive well within the EU-imposed deadline, Gurman says the switch to USB-C for the iPhone 15 is “essentially a lock”. Not only will it bring universal charging with your MacBook and iPad, but USB-C will also open the door to faster data transfers, which will be a welcome new feature now that the iPhone 14 Pro can take photos. 48MP ProRAW. The only exception might be the next iPhone SE, which might still retain the Lightning port for another generation.
Last Updated: September 2021 (9th Generation)
Next scheduled update: October 2022 (10th generation)
Rumors are swirling that Apple won’t even wait until 2023 to update its latest Lightning-based iPad to USB-C. The update to the entry-level model will likely arrive in October, with a new, slimmer bezel design and larger screen.
AirPods/AirPods Pro Charging Case
Last Updated: March 2022 (3rd Gen)/September 2022 (2nd Gen)
Next scheduled update: 2024
While the AirPods and AirPods Pro cases brought back MagSafe charging last year, they still use Lightning to charge with a cable despite having enough space for a USB-C port at the bottom of the case. Apple only recently got both AirPods models, so it’s unlikely they’ll get another major refresh until 2025, but it’s very possible that Apple will quietly launch a new case with USB-C for existing models. alongside iPhone 15 or early 2024, according to Gurman.
Last Updated: December 2020 (1st Generation)
Next scheduled update: 2024 (2nd generation)
When Apple introduced the AirPods Max in December 2020, they didn’t have a charging case. Instead, Apple has included a Lightning cable on the side for charging (or wired listening via the optional Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable). This could be the first AirPods model to be updated to Lightning: If Apple updates the AirPods Max later this year or early next year with an H2 chip for Adaptive Transparency, this Lightning port will almost certainly switch to USB-C.
Magic keyboard, magic touchpad, magic mouse
Last update: March 2022 (new colors)
Next scheduled update: 2023
Apple hasn’t changed the design of its trio of Mac accessories in nearly a decade, but it does introduce new colors on a regular basis. In 2021, all three accessories – Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Mouse – got new colors to match the new 24-inch iMac, while the Magic Keyboard got a Touch ID sensor. Earlier this year, Apple started offering black versions of the accessories alongside the Mac Studio and Studio Display. While we wouldn’t expect Apple to surprise us with a Magic Mouse that charges properly (meaning you don’t have to flip it over to connect the charger), if Apple updates the iMac with an M3 processor next year, as rumor has it, it will also need to update accessories with USB-C ports.
Last Updated: September 2016 (1st Generation)
Next expected update: uncertain
Apple started bundling EarPods with a Lightning connector with iPhones when it removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. These days you’ll have to buy them separately for $19 if you want a pair, but we guess that they will be discontinued once Apple switches the iPhone to USB-C.
Last update: June 2020 (new colors)
Next expected update: uncertain
While most of Apple’s Beats products use USB-C or micro-USB for charging, there’s one, the PowerBeats Pro, that still uses a Lightning to USB-C cable for charging. The next time Apple releases new colors or updates the PowerBeats Pro, that will change.