Bloomberg said last week that Apple is testing future iPhones with USB-C connectors instead of power ports. Improved performance of USB-C over Light may be one reason Apple is planning this change. Lightning was first introduced in 2012, and has not been much improved since. Apple may be able to deliver iPhones with higher charging and data transfer rates by charging USB-C. However, beyond the service advantages, the main reason for the conversion is possible due to the European Union’s decision to make USB-C the standard in all electronic devices. Excessive energy consumption on the market has led to an e-waste crisis – an issue the EU intends to address.
In this way, Apple’s hand is forced: if the company decides to continue selling iPhones in the EU, it must agree. The company will deal with the case of several versions of the same iPhones with different global connections unless it converts globally to USB-C. Since 2012, Apple has used its power cord and process in iPhones, and as such, Light has become one of the most popular charging technologies on the market.
Generator is an 8-pin system (two switch lines of 8 pins) that has power delivery, data transfer, and identification / control functionality. Viewing data transfer, Light can support transfer speeds up to 480 Mbps – a number that is comparable to transfer speeds on the USB 2.0 specification.
From a power delivery perspective, Light is originally designed for 2 Current Delivery with a minimum power supply of 12 W. By the time Light was released, this metric was a huge improvement over the competition MicroUSB cables delivering 9 W (1.8 We have 5) V) of power. Today, when used in combination with USB-C power adapters, Light can reach a maximum of 9 V at 2.2 A with a special 20 W USB-C power adapter. USB-C is the latest addition to the USB family that has been widely adopted in all the new consumer electronics on the market today. USB-C offers many advantages both in terms of data communication and power delivery.
With respect to data transfer, USB-C offers the unparalleled advantage of both flexibility and high speed. Depending on the USB-C feature, the process can deliver anywhere from 5 Gbps to 40 Gbps, a number higher than the 480 Mbps Generator. Beyond that, the USB-C system has the ability to support many other formats including DisplayPort, PCIe, Thunderbolt, and HDMI. This makes USB-C very versatile and a high performance choice for any smartphone or computer.
USB-C is also an important step from its predecessors from a power perspective. Essentially, USB-C connectors are designed to support USB-C Power Delivery (PD), a powerful power supply system to support a maximum voltage of 20 V and 5 A for a maximum power of 100 V W. This is far more than before. generations such as USB 2.0, which provides a maximum power of 2.5 W, or Monomono, which supports a maximum of 9 V and 2.2 A with a special 20 W USB-C adapter. Bloomberg reports that in addition to testing new iPhones with USB-C, Apple is also developing an adapter that will enable future iPhones to work with accessories designed for the current Light connection.
Apple’s switch to USB-C will benefit consumers by reducing the number of chargers needed for different devices – reducing e-waste efficiency at the end of product life. USB-C also brings higher performance and reduces the cost compared to Light. If the company acquires USB-C in the Light field, this change will not take place until early 2023.