- Tram Ho
The Lightning port has been attached to the iPhone since the iPhone 5 in 2012 and is still retained, most likely to continue on the next generation iPhone.
The European Commission is reportedly working on legislation that would make USB-C the standard charger standard in the European Union. This certainly does not please Apple, but we should encourage Apple to accept the change. It’s time for the Lightning port to go.
Lightning works well… but there are many reasons why USB-C would be a better choice.
Advantages of Lightning
Apple should be commended for creating Lightning. Back when it was introduced, Lightning was superior to USB ports at the time because it was symmetrical – there was no difference between top and bottom and users were not confused when plugging in the charger, but then USB-C debuted in 2014 and already has this advantage.
As it stands, the Lightning port has only one real benefit for most users: they already have a cable to use it. That’s why Apple argues that switching iPhones to USB-C will result in “unprecedented amounts of electronic waste and huge inconvenience to users.”
But that is a fallacy. iPhone users won’t throw away their Lightning cable right away. They will still use them until they get a new iPhone and don’t even throw it away, but can continue to keep it to use with the old ones. Besides, the Lightning cables that Apple supplies are so badly made that they often break down within a few years of use and then end up as trash after that.
Switching to USB-C is also not inconvenient for users, because no one will have to buy a USB-C cable just to charge their future iPhone, if switching to USB-C, Apple will almost certainly got a new cable in the box with the new USB-C iPhone, as they do with iPhones today.
If you use a very old iPhone, you may have to buy an additional USB-C charging cup, and today’s new iPhones also use Lightning-to-USB-C cables, so users are sure to have a charging cup available. suitable.
USB-C has more advantages
Many Apple users don’t just use an iPhone, they use an entire Apple ecosystem, so it’s likely that they already have a USB-C charging cable available. They are used to charge MacBooks and iPads that are also transitioning to USB-C. Yes, Apple accepts USB-C… but not the iPhone. And that’s an inconvenient issue that Apple hasn’t addressed.
When arguing in favor of retaining the Lightning port, Apple said it “cares deeply about the customer experience,” but having to carry a separate charging cable just for the iPhone is clearly a bad experience for you. client. A full switch to USB-C will allow a single cable to charge MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones.
USB-C is as easy to use as Lightning and also easy to find in stores.
Such a change would open the door to making it easier for the iPhone to connect a host of other USB-C accessories. Just as an example, you can back up all your photos simply by connecting your iPhone to a USB-C drive. It also makes it easier for Android users to switch to iPhone.
Lightning also has a hidden advantage, but only for Apple
One of the reasons why Apple is hesitant to switch to USB-C probably has nothing to do with e-waste prevention. It’s about licensing fees. Apple-approved Lightning cable manufacturers have paid Apple a fee that can be as high as $4 per product. The iPhone maker will have to forgo this money if it switches its phones and all its tablets to USB-C.
USB-C is the best choice
One of the ways for Apple not to argue with the European Union over the use of USB-C, is to completely remove the charging / data exchange port. There have been rumors about this for a long time, and while this is possible, there are significant downsides to a portless iPhone.
Most notably, it is still not possible to charge an iPhone using the same cable as a MacBook or iPad. A MagSafe charger is required for one iPhone and users will have to use USB-C for the rest, unless Apple considers launching a universal MagSafe charging standard for its devices. It’s no surprise that a recent survey found very few people interested in a portless iPhone. Not to mention the charging speed cannot be as fast.
Really, the best solution for iPhone users is USB-C – it can do everything Lightning can do and more. There is no reason for iPhone users to continue to support Apple using the Lightning port. Let’s expect Apple to approve and eventually bring USB-C to the iPhone.
Source : Genk