Popular anonymous industry insider LeaksApplePro claims that Apple will break convention by splitting the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro launch into two. Non-Pro models will retain Apple’s proprietary Lightning port, while iPhone 15 Pro models will switch to USB-C. And that’s just the beginning.
As pressure mounts on Apple over EU decision to force all smartphone makers to adopt USB-C by fall 2024, ApplePro leaks shows iPhone maker will take action advance before being pushed.
“Lightning is coming to an end,” says leaker, revealing split-port launch of iPhone 15 lineup in 2023 will be followed by full-line switch to USB-C for iPhone 16 lineup in 2024 before EU deadline. Interestingly, LeaksApplePro points out that Apple might even go a step further with iPhone 16 Pro models potentially featuring a portless design (MagSafe only).
This decision would inevitably depend on the maturity of the MagSafe system. Introduced for iPhones in 2020, its peak power is currently 15W, far behind the USB-C fast-charging speeds of rival Android phones, where 40-60W is common and 240W has been revealed. That said, Apple could get away with an iPhone without a port because European legislation only extends to “consumer electronics using wired charging”.
Still, the big shock here is that Apple is potentially using different charger ports on the iPhone 15 lineup for the first time. Yes, supply chain constraints can be a factor in this decision. Testing the integration a year in advance on half the lineup is probably smart and yes, Apple has the excuse that all of its ‘Pro’ branded products use USB-C. But the move would also confuse customers, reduce demand for standard models, and destroy their resale value, just as the Lighting port did for older iPhones using the Dock Connector when it launched with the iPhone 5. in 2012.
Therefore, if correct, iPhone updates will have a tough decision to make. The switch to USB-C would see the entire iPhone 14 line and standard iPhone 15 models quickly become legacy units with limited resale value, making for interesting leaks about camera upgrades and irrelevant performance enhancement – especially when coupled with higher prices.
In my opinion, unless your smartphone is state-of-the-art, I recommend that you forget about the iPhone 14 lineup and see how it fares in 2023. But, as always, the choice is yours.