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Analyst: iPhone 16 may not have any ports

Gurman says that Apple wants to present the USB-C transition as its own idea rather than an imposed law

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It is hardly breaking news that the EU’s new legislation requiring USB-C connectors for iPhones will compel Apple to make the changeover in the near future. According to rumors, the next iPhone, due in 2023, will transition to USB-C in order to comply with these requirements, but industry analysts believe this will only be a temporary solution to Apple’s port problem.

Mark Gurman, a Bloomberg analyst, and well-known Apple tipper claims that Apple will eventually switch to a wholly wireless system, therefore USB-C iPhones will only be a temporary solution. Before becoming fully portless with the iPhone 16 next year, the iPhone 15 will reportedly be the only model featuring USB-C.

However, iPhone 15 will not be the only one to do so as other devices including the base iPad will also transition to USB-C later this year. Other accessories including AirPods Pro, Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, and others will slowly make the jump as well, according to the analyst.

The EU law specifically exempts devices that only support wireless charging, like the Apple Watch, and that is exactly what Apple is planning to do. Gurman believes that iPhones will gradually switch over to wireless charging only, with MagSafe. Even iPads are expected to drop wired charging eventually, falling in line with Apple’s ambition of a wireless future.

Moreover, Gurman says that Apple wants to present the USB-C transition as its own idea rather than an imposed law, which is why it has been stubborn with a Lightning port on iPhones despite switching to USB-C on its iPads and Macs. Not to mention, USB-C will also allow for faster file transfers for iPhones’ 4K ProRes videos. Even Wi-Fi transfer speeds are faster than the current speeds you get with the Lightning port.

Additionally, the Analyst claims that Apple has been obstinate in keeping the Lightning port on iPhones despite transitioning to USB-C on its iPads and Macs because it wants to promote the USB-C transition as its own concept rather than an imposed legislation. Not to mention, 4K ProRes video files from iPhones will be able to transfer more quickly thanks to USB-C. Even Wi-Fi has transfer speeds that surpass what you can now achieve with the Lightning port.

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