Bloomberg sources said the adapter being tested may “allow future iPhones to work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector.” That could mean a Lightning to USB-C adapter for things like credit card scanners or flash drives that plug into existing iPhones.
The key change for the iPhone will not be immediate but it could be soon. “It won’t happen until 2023 at the earliest,” says Bloomberg.
While Apple’s decisions to switch ports have been the subject of many jokes in popular culture, a move to USB-C may actually be a welcome one. In fact, it is a claim from the European Union: the European Parliament ruled at the beginning of the month in favor of the European Commission’s proposal for there to be a single universal charger in Europe, USB-C type, for mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and game consoles.
“The objective of the legislative project is to prevent consumers from needing a new charger and cables every time they buy an electronic device. In this way, they will be able to use a single charger for all their small and medium-sized devices,” the Parliament said in a statement. .
The most widely available standard is only slightly larger than Lightning, but can deliver power and data faster. The change could also make life a lot easier for those who already use USB-C to charge most of their devices and still have to carry around a Lightning cable just for their iPhones.
The is also in line with the request to generate less electronic waste. Although, it also opens up the problem of what will be done with so many cables that would become obsolete in the future.
MEPs also want new devices to include clear information and labeling about charging options, as well as whether the product comes with a charger.
“In this way, confusion would be avoided and the purchase would be made easier for consumers, who often have several different devices and do not always need another charger,” the European Parliament said in a statement.
In addition, the MEPs also want the Commission to present a strategy by the end of 2026 on wireless charging systems, so that any device is compatible with any manufacturer and thus avoid “a new fragmentation of the market”.
Brussels has been promoting this measure since 2009 and a voluntary agreement with the main manufacturers of mobile devices allowed that year to reduce the existing chargers on the market from 30 to 3, USB 2.0 Micro B, USB-C and Lightning, exclusive to Apple .
That pact, however, expired in 2014 and since then the goal of having a single universal charger has not been achieved, so the Commission launched a new legislative proposal in September 2021.