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Apple Lightning Connector Came Out 10 Years Ago, But Now Its Time Is Up

Apple introduced this charging standard with the iPhone 5 ten years ago, but the industry has evolved and so should the company.

Apple has stuck with its Lightning connector to charge iPhones for many years, a decade to be exact. However, it’s hard to imagine the company extending the use of its proprietary technology in the near future. There are many reasons to suggest a change is overdue, but it feels like Apple has been forced by external forces to make the transition to more advanced technology.

When you compare Lightning to USB-C technology, the differences become clear. Thanks to USB C, you can easily get fast charging support up to 150W on an Android smartphone. While Apple continues to dish out a meager 20W charging support, even for its higher-priced iPhone Pro Max versions.

And considering that Apple has decided to take the charger out of the box (which seems to have become a trend now), the price of buying it separately also helps the company’s cash register. 10 years of the Lightning Connector shows us that the industry has moved to new levels, from the standard Micro-USB to the more advanced USB-C for charging smartphones. Android phone makers have wholeheartedly embraced this technology, but Apple is being pushed to make the change for various reasons.

You must be aware that the European Union (EU) has passed a law that requires all mobile devices to have a common charger. This is likely to have accelerated Apple’s roadmap to offering USB-C on the iPhone, and analysts predict the change could happen as early as next year, i.e. 2023 when the iPhone 15 series is launched.

Having USB-C as the standard charging port for devices allows people to carry a charger with them for all their needs. Which is not the case if you want to use an Android and an iPhone at the same time. The Lightning connector also feels dated in how it works, and its limitations have become more apparent. Apple recognizes the need somewhere. Finally, the new iPad Air and even its accessories come with USB C for charging and not the Lightning connector.

Make no mistake, Lightning was ahead of its time in 2012 when it was introduced with the iPhone 5 model. It’s compact, the port offers fast data transfer speeds, and a few other pluses. However, we’re not sure if Apple’s charging support for the Lightning has been restricted or if it’s due to hardware incompatibility.

In any case, the flash has to go, and after 10 years on the market, Apple has to accept that the introduction of USB-C will only support its progression into the future and will also help the company justify not putting a charger in the box and Winning consumers pay a premium if they buy it separately, which is classic Apple in many ways.

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