Don’t let Apple fool you: It was forced to adopt USB-C


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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Lightning Port on wooden table

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There are just days left until the launch of the Apple iPhone 15 series, and while there’ll be plenty to dive into, it’s the transition from Lightning to USB-C that’s driving a lot of the pre-launch conversation. And with good reason. Finally, you’ll just need one plug for all your modern gadgets, whether that’s an iPhone, Android phone, GoPro, laptop, or virtually anything else.

The looming question is: How will Apple dress up the fact it was ultimately forced into this decision? If it even addresses the issue at all — it could even (erroneously) refer to the new port as Thunderbolt to avoid acknowledging USB-C altogether. Knowing Apple, the move will be all sunshine and upsides, and we’ll be left wondering why the company was ever so attached to Lightning in the first place (hoping we’ll forget all about the loss of accessory licensing revenue).

Casting our minds back to the launch of 2018’s iPad Pro, Apple heralded the new power and possibilities with USB-C. Cupertino played up the new port’s high power charging and fast USB 3.2 data speeds for multimedia transfers, conveniently ignoring the same potential benefits for its smartphones. This year will undoubtedly be similar, with Apple talking up the benefits of the single connector for all your Apple products, from the new AirPods Pro right up to the latest MacBook.

‘USB-C for iPhone is the best move ever,’ will be the official line. But that’s not what Apple claimed last year.

If Apple really wanted to appear like the good guy, it might even stress the cross-compatibility benefits with products outside its walled garden. Perhaps it’ll even embrace the ecological arguments favoring a single port and connector for everything. Though that would all be misdirection.

“USB-C for iPhone is the best move ever,” will be the official line. But the launch will undoubtedly gloss over the fact that Apple fought tooth and nail to keep its proprietary technology until the EU forced its hand.

Lightning Connector vs USB C cable

Robert Triggs / Android Authority

It wasn’t so long ago that Apple argued heavily against the universal connector. It claimed that enforcing USB-C at the expense of Lightning would generate tons…