How Deep Does Your Android Loyalty Run?
Almost all Android devices have been using USB-C for over half a decade. Even Amazon’s $60 Fire 7 tablet made the switch this week, removing Micro USB from one of the last mainstream gadgets for good. Apple has also made the switch to USB-C on many of its devices. From the iPad Air to the MacBook Pro, almost every product in its range uses everyone’s favorite modern connector, except the iPhone.
Apple has resisted switching the iPhone from Lightning, even though its own port has aged and slowed down every year. Rumors have always pointed to a future without walkie-talkies, suggesting the company would rather eradicate cables completely than give up its MFi program. That’s all changed in the past two weeks, though, as recent word refers to a switch to USB-C from the 2023 iPhone 14. It’s not the first time the company has considered this change, though this time the phone may already be on the way. under test – more concrete evidence that a transition could be coming.
Before you jump to the comments to ask what site you are on, listen to me. The iPhone continues to be incredibly popular, especially in but by no means limited to North America. Much of our audience runs on the latest hardware from Samsung or Google, but they probably have a lot of loved ones who prefer Apple’s ecosystem. Perhaps you are in a relationship with an iPhone user, or many of your family or friends have switched from Android. In a world where Apple is finally dropping Lightning for USB-C, you could be sharing charging cables, headphone dongles, and other accessories without having to worry about brands. The only thing more utopian is the widespread adoption of RCS.
Of course, a move to USB-C would also solve one of the biggest complaints many Apple critics—including us—have with the iPhone. AP alumni Michael Crider wrote on the subject last year, describing Apple’s frustrating reluctance to move his iPhone to a modern connector as the only thing that kept him from controlling the competition. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our audience agrees, no matter how small.
There’s only one way to find out. Would you ever consider giving an iPhone a shot if Apple made the jump to USB-C, or is iOS a complete no-starter for you? And please everyone – keep the comments civil.
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