Before we give Apple too much credit, the company is currently being backed into a corner by the EU’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, which voted last month in support of legislation that would force companies to adopt USB-C on all small and medium-sized gadgets. The rule is intended to simplify things for customers and reduce e-waste.


Kuo had previously said Apple had no intention of swapping out Lightning connectors for USB-C, even though the company uses the iniquitous standard on its iPad tablets and Macs. “We believe that USB-C is detrimental to the MFi business’s profitability, and its waterproof specification is lower than Lightning and MagSafe,” Kuo wrote.

It was assumed Apple would then skip the USB-C phase and go from a Lightning connector to a completely portless phone that relied on wireless charging. This way, it could expand its MagSafe accessories, drawing in revenue, while making its phone even more waterproof. Kuo did note, however, that MagSafe’s ecosystem isn’t ready for primetime and that Apple would continue to use Lightning “for the foreseeable future.”

Apple might still phase out ports altogether; if it does, there could be an awkward transition phase where iPhone owners will need to replace their Lightning chargers for USB-C, the port found on nearly every modern gadget besides the iPhone.

Not everyone will be in favor of this change, and those who have stashed Lightning cables over the years will be understandably infuriated. If it’s any consolation, iPhone owners who are invested in Apple’s ecosystem likely already own a USB-C cable.