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Today marks 10 years since Apple introduced the iPhone 5 with an all-new Lightning connector, which replaced the previous 30-pin dock connector that originated on the iPod. Apple's former marketing chief Phil Schiller described Lightning as a "modern connector for the next decade," and this milestone has now been achieved.

iPhone-5-Lightning.jpg

iPhone 14 models remain equipped with a Lightning connector, but Apple is widely expected to switch to USB-C for iPhone 15 models next year.

Apple already offers USB-C ports on every Mac and nearly every iPad that it sells, along with the Studio Display, Pro Display XDR, some Beats headphones, and a few other accessories. Rumors suggest the upcoming 10th-generation entry-level iPad will also adopt USB-C, followed by AirPods charging cases and the MagSafe Battery Pack next year.

In June, the European Union announced that it reached an agreement to introduce a new law that would make USB-C the common charging port across all new smartphones, tablets, headphones, and many other electronics by fall 2024. iPhone 15 models are expected to launch around September 2023, ahead of the European Union's deadline.

While the Lightning cable was the first reversible charging cable, USB-C has become a very popular charging standard across a countless number of devices. A major benefit of USB-C for the iPhone would be faster data transfer speeds, as Lightning on the iPhone 13 and earlier tops out at 480 Mbps, while USB-C can achieve up to 5 to 10 Gbps depending on the spec, or even up to 40 Gbps if the iPhone supported Thunderbolt 3.

Article Link: Lightning Connector Turns 10 Today as iPhone Rumored to Adopt USB-C Next Year
 

coolbreeze2

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I think I remember about maybe 4-5 years ago the rumor was that Apple was dropping the Lightning connector. How do you know when a rumored prediction is really going to happen?
 

antiprotest

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"For the next decade" is just a thing you say. It was never meant to be firm. They could have switched after 5 years or they could wait for another few years more from now.

That is, unless the EU or China force them.
 
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Biggest disappointment on the 14 series is lack of USB-C!

Lets have ProRes video, and 48 Megapixel cameras, but keep 10yo IO.. Brilliant!

That said, the 13 pro isn't terrible with regards to IO, but I do notice how much faster my iPad mini 6 is with regards to mass file copy activity through the physical port.
 

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Biggest disappointment on the 14 series is lack of USB-C!

Lets have ProRes video, and 48 Megapixel cameras, but keep 10yo IO.. Brilliant!

That said, the 13 pro isn't terrible with regards to IO, but I do notice how much faster my iPad mini 6 is with regards to mass file copy activity through the physical port.
Could be worse...they could have gone portless. Yeah, that's just what I want - trying to move a terabyte of content over wifi sync....
 

DTphonehome

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Apple's former marketing chief Phil Schiller described Lightning as a "modern connector for the next decade,"

Good. Time for retirement.

Lightning was a VAST improvement over 30-pin and mini-USB, but it's time to move on to USB-C. In some ways Lightning may still be superior to USB-C but the market has spoken.
 

Realityck

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Biggest disappointment on the 14 series is lack of USB-C!

Lets have ProRes video, and 48 Megapixel cameras, but keep 10yo IO.. Brilliant!

That said, the 13 pro isn't terrible with regards to IO, but I do notice how much faster my iPad mini 6 is with regards to mass file copy activity through the physical port.
I agree. While the iPhone had a lot of various improvements, the fact that you have such a powerful smartphone for video/photography usage without a decent connectivity option like USB-C, is pretty bad. ;)
 

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Today marks 10 years since Apple introduced the iPhone 5 with an all-new Lightning connector, which replaced the previous 30-pin dock connector that originated on the iPod. Apple's former marketing chief Phil Schiller described Lightning as a "modern connector for the next decade," and this milestone has now been achieved.

iPhone-5-Lightning.jpg

iPhone 14 models remain equipped with a Lightning connector, but Apple is widely expected to switch to USB-C for iPhone 15 models next year.

Apple already offers USB-C ports on every Mac and nearly every iPad that it sells, along with the Studio Display, Pro Display XDR, some Beats headphones, and a few other accessories. Rumors suggest the upcoming 10th-generation entry-level iPad will also adopt USB-C, followed by AirPods charging cases and the MagSafe Battery Pack next year.

In June, the European Union announced that it reached an agreement to introduce a new law that would make USB-C the common charging port across all new smartphones, tablets, headphones, and many other electronics by fall 2024. iPhone 15 models are expected to launch around September 2023, ahead of the European Union's deadline.

While the Lightning cable was the first reversible charging cable, USB-C has become a very popular charging standard across a countless number of devices. A major benefit of USB-C for the iPhone would be faster data transfer speeds, as Lightning on the iPhone 13 and earlier tops out at 480 Mbps, while USB-C can achieve up to 5 to 10 Gbps depending on the spec, or even up to 40 Gbps if the iPhone supported Thunderbolt 3.

Article Link: Lightning Connector Turns 10 Today as iPhone Rumored to Adopt USB-C Next Year
I wish Apple would have 1-upped the European Union by submitting Lightning to the standardization orgs and opened it to everybody. That way Apple could keep using it without being accused of being a monopolizer. Lightning also could have been updated to the newest specs for speed.

Lightning is a very robust connector, if I drop my phone while it is still plugged in, the Lightning plug and my phone will survive without getting damaged. Many other ports and phones wiukd get bent all out of shape if dropped while plugged in.
 
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Skyscraperfan

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Actually Apple was heavily involved in the development of the newer USB standards and the USB-C plug which Apple already uses for Thunderbolt.
 
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DFZD

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Apple has really pushed it too far. A lot of people have other apple products like macbooks and ipads as well and having this outdated port is a major annoyance now.

Usually I don't support such government arm-twisting but now I would actually be glad to have the EU government knock some sense into Apple.
 

citysnaps

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Good. Time for retirement.

Lightning was a VAST improvement over 30-pin and mini-USB, but it's time to move on to USB-C. In some ways Lightning may still be superior to USB-C but the market has spoken.

I love USB-C for connecting my computer to four displays, disk drives, flight yoke/throttles, Stream Deck etc. I might connect/disconnect them at most a dozen times (likely less) per year. The loads of bandwidth available for displays and drives is essential.

My iPhone is a much different story. Somehow I've managed to get by and survive not being able to transfer data to/from it at multi-gigabit/sec rates. I do appreciate the mechanical robustness of the connectors and connections when it comes time to charge.
 
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