Apple will offer the iPhone 14 Pro an eye-catching new design this year, but now a new leak reveals a significant design change is coming.
A famous and unknown industry expert LeaksApplePro, claims that Apple will break the agreement by carving out two iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro releases. Non-Pro models will stick with Apple’s Lightning port while iPhone 15 Pro models will move to USB-C. And that’s the beginning.
With pressure on Apple following the EU’s decision to force all smartphone manufacturers to adopt USB-C by Fall 2024, LeaksApplePro suggests the iPhone maker will jump ahead of its deployment.
“Lightning is coming to an end,” said the leaker, indicating that the sharing of the port by the iPhone 15 range in 2023 will be followed by a switch to USB-C for the iPhone 16 line in 2024 ahead of the EU. the last day. Interestingly, LeaksApplePro suggests that Apple may even go ahead with iPhone 16 Pro models that have the possibility of a portless design (MagSafe-only).
This decision will inevitably depend on the maturity of the MagSafe system. Introduced for iPhones in 2020, the maximum power delivery currently stands at 15W which is far behind the USB-C fast charging of rival Android phones where 40-60W is common and 240W is stated . That said, Apple can get away with a dockless iPhone because the EU law only extends to “electronic devices using wireless charging”.
Still, the biggest shocker here is that Apple may be using different charging ports on the iPhone 15 range for the first time. Yes, chain restrictions can be a factor in this decision. Yes, testing connectivity a year ahead on half the range is certainly smart and yes, Apple has an excuse that all of its ‘Pro’ models use USB-C. But the move will also confuse customers, reduce demand for premium products and damage their resale value just as the power station did to older iPhones using the Dock Connector when it was introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012.
Therefore, if correct, iPhone upgrades are difficult decisions to make. The move to USB-C will see the full range of iPhone 14 and standard iPhone 15 models quickly become legacy units with limited resale value, prompting interesting leaks about their camera upgrades and slightly improved performance – especially if they are associated with higher prices.
In my opinion, unless your phone is on its last legs, I suggest you forget the iPhone 14 range and see how this goes in 2023. But, as always, the choice is yours.
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