USB C Connector and Apple ( love and hate relation )

In the past five years, USB C has become the go-to connector for a wide range of devices. It’s used on most Android phones, notebooks, tablets, game consoles, headphones, and even accessories, like, mice, keyboards, and external storage drives. But when it comes to Apple’s most popular product, the iPhone USB C, it has yet to be adopted; instead, every iPhone model still uses a lightning connector introduced eight years ago with the iPhone 5.

This makes People wonder why Apple hasn’t transitioned the iPhone to USB C, especially for a company that has a reputation of being the first to adopt new standards. So in this article, I’m going to explain why Apple hasn’t transitioned the iPhone to USB “C” and what that means for their users.

Now, why would Apple, the company that adopted USB before anyone else with the original iMac? Take so long to bring you same species to their smartphones? It’s pretty bizarre especially considering they’ve already included it in their iPad and Mac lineup. Well, the answer lies in a story that begins in 2010. When Apple, was developing the iPhone 5, the device would be 12 per cent, smaller by volume compared to the previous 4S, which meant the large 30-pin connector.

That was needed to be replaced by something smaller to free up space for other components at the time, Apple was helping to develop the USB C standard with other companies like Intel, Microsoft and Samsung, but the new connector wouldn’t be ready until 2014, two years after the iPhone 5s release. So because of the bad timing, Apple was forced into a corner. They could either, Keep the 30-pin connector for another two generations and sacrifice the iPhone 5 and 5s is Packed designs, or they could create their own proprietary connector and cause fragmentation within not only the smartphone industry but their own product ecosystem. It was a lose-lose proposition, but Apple went with the latter option. That decision not only caused a huge amount of backlash from users around 2012, who were frustrated that Apple made all their previous iPhone accessories obsolete, but it’s still causing them issues to this very day.

For example, when USB C was Introduced in 2014, Apple wasn’t in a position to transition. The iPhone line up a second time. Just two years later. They knew they had to stick with lightning for as long as possible, or else they’d be in for a PR nightmare. So they persisted, and when they are pods were introduced in 2016, Apple was forced to use the same connector as the iPhone. Since the two products were designed to be used together seamlessly, so lightning was introduced to another product line. That would expand into the Earpods Pro and iPhone Pro Max, which also had to use lightning to maintain consistency between models. It’s almost like a smaller iPhone ecosystem existed within the larger Apple ecosystem because while the iPhone and its accessories continue to use lightning, almost every other. Apple product adopted USBC, the MacBook line, begin a transition in 2015, the iPad line in 2018 and the Mac Pro in 2019.

You also have to consider there are controversial changes Apple made with the iPhone in previous years. They removed the headphone jack in 2016, and they removed the wall adapter from the iPhones packaging in 2020. Both of these decisions caused perhaps even more backlash than the transition to lightning in 2012 and caused Apple to think twice before moving to USB C, which would only add fuel to the fire. So, how can we expect Apple to resolve this connector fragmentation issue in the future? Well, rumours are suggesting that it won’t be Resolved since Apple isn’t planning on transitioning the iPhone to USB C. Instead, they’re exploring the possibility of removing the connector from certain iPhone models entirely, and there are benefits to this approach. A smartphone with no Port would be more water-resistant. Since its Chasis could be completely sealed off, it would be more durable since inserting and removing a connector thousands of times can cause a buildup of debris and contact issues. But how did the phone be charged without a charging port?

Well, Apple has Implemented a solution with the iPhone 12 lineup. The models have something called MagSafe, which is essentially a Qi wireless charger surrounded by a ring of magnets. This makes the charging experience very similar to an Apple Watch, a device that also happens to be poreless. If Apple wants to include a wireless data pass through, they can borrow the SMART connector from the iPad. Everything Apple needs to create an ecosystem that already exists, and it only seems to be a matter of time before they make the transition away from wired connectors entirely at that point. I think each category of Apple device will have its own unique methods of charging their computers and iPads, which Apple has called computer Replacements. Anyway, they will feature USB C in their mobile devices like the iPhone and Apple watch will feature. Convenient, grab-and-go magnetic, wireless charging all accessories. Like there are Earpods, Magic Mouse. The keyboard will continue to use the lightning connector. When possible as a convenience feature, this approach makes the most sense to me. But we’ll have to wait and see what decisions Apple makes to release new products shortly. Alright, guys, thanks for reading till the end.

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  1. Very informative article. Never knew about this fact. thanks, and please bring more facts like this regularly.

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