Apple will give the iPhone 14 Pro an eye-catching redesign this year, but now a new leak has revealed an even more significant design change is coming next.
Popular anonymous industry insider LeaksApplePro, claims that Apple will break with convention by carving the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro release in two. Non-Pro models will stick with Apple’s proprietary Lightning port while iPhone 15 Pro models will move to USB-C. And that’s just the start.
With pressure mounting on Apple following the EU’s decision to force all smartphone manufacturers to adopt USB-C by Fall 2024, LeaksApplePro shows the iPhone maker will jump before it is pushed.
“Lightning is coming to an end,” the leaker states, revealing that the split port release of the iPhone 15 range in 2023 will be followed by the full-range switching to USB-C for the iPhone 16 lineup in 2024 ahead of the EU deadline. Interestingly, LeaksApplePro points out that Apple may even go a step further with iPhone 16 Pro models potentially having a portless (MagSafe-only) design.
This decision would inevitably depend on the maturity of the MagSafe system. Introduced for iPhones in 2020, its peak power delivery currently stands at 15W which is far behind the USB-C fast charging speeds of rival Android phones where 40-60W is common and 240W has been unveiled. That said, Apple could get away with a portless iPhone because the EU legislation only extends to “consumer electronics using wired charging”.
Still, the big shock here is Apple potentially using different charger ports on the iPhone 15 range for the first time. Yes, supply chain constraints could be a factor in this decision. Yes, testing the integration a year in advance on half the range is probably smart and yes, Apple has the excuse that all its ‘Pro’-branded products use USB-C. But the move also would confuse customers, lessen demand for standard models and wreck their resale value just like the Lighting port did to older iPhones using the Dock Connector when it was introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012.
Consequently, if correct, iPhone upgraders have a difficult decision to make. The move to USB-C would see the full iPhone 14 range and standard iPhone 15 models quickly become legacy units with limited resale value, making exciting leaks about their camera upgrades and increased performance somewhat irrelevant — especially when compounded by higher prices.
In my opinion, unless your smartphone is on its last legs, I would recommend you forget the iPhone 14 range and see how this plays out in 2023. But, as always, the choice is yours.
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