10 years of Lightning: Apple’s proprietary connector is stuck in the past

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As the world moves to USB-C, iPhone stays with Lightning. That won’t change anytime soon, observers fear.

Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector, which was built for all iPhones and several iPads, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

Apple introduced the port in 2012 with the release of iPhone 5. There are reports which give the impression that will discontinue Lightning. 

Lightning was definitely modern – before USB-C

 Lightning was a modern product if made its comparison with the dock connector which was used in iPods. 

It took up significantly less space for sockets, transmitted sufficiently quickly and could be plugged in in both directions. For the iPhone, it serves (used) both as a charging cable and as a data cable for synchronizing with a Mac or PC. After the iPhone 5 came the first iPads with Lightning. Users had to get new Lightning to USB-A cables – or use the ones that were in the box.

Apple launched USB-C cable when it launched MacBook Pro. It created a problem for iPhone owners. They had to buy a Lightning-to-USB-C cables to connect their iPhone to the Mac.

The company removed Lightning from tablets and started this with the launch of 11-inch iPad. 

Now USB-C has become the standard for modern iPads. We can see USB-C in the iPad mini 6 , the iPad Pro models or the 4th generation iPad Air.

Now it would actually be a logical next step if Apple would also end the cable chaos with the iPhone. And in fact there are always rumors that the group could switch to USB-C. 

But so far there are only isolated signs of a change. Serious rumors that the iPhone 13 could already have USB-C were not confirmed. However, EU requirements to only use standard technology to avoid electronic waste could ultimately force Apple – currently it is sufficient to supply adapters. But it could also be different: Apple simply omits all ports and relies entirely on wireless technology. MagSafe has long been used for wireless charging – and the data could come via WLAN and mobile communications.