In 2012, Apple released the iPhone 5 and the iPod of the same generation with the new Lightning Dock interface at the Green Grass Convention Center in San Francisco, USA.
It’s a connector that users love and hate. It uses 8-pin pins that can be plugged on both sides, and is similar in size to Micro USB, replacing the 30-pin connector that Apple has used for many years. In addition, after switching to the interface, Apple also provides an adapter for users to use.
Moreover, the first-generation iPhone released by Apple in 2007 used a 30pin interface. It was not until the release of the iPhone 5 in 2012 that the Lightning interface was used. The Lightning interface has a history of nearly 10 years.
On Wednesday, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted his speculation that Apple would consider switching the iPhone 15 series from Lightning to USB-C in 2023. Now, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has confirmed the move, citing “people familiar with the matter” that Apple is already testing the new phone.
Some media believe that Apple is testing the iPhone with the Type-C interface because it is currently facing EU legislation to force the use of the USB-C interface, but it is a pity that the iPhone will not be replaced by a new interface before 2023.
Previously, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believed that switching to the USB-C interface could improve the transmission and charging speed of the iPhone, but the specific specifications depend on how iOS supports it.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said, “In addition to testing models with a USB-C port in recent months, Apple is also working on a new adapter that would allow future iPhones to use accessories designed for existing Lightning ports, the people said. The sources declined to be named as the matter is confidential.
If Apple continues on this path, it will not be until 2023 at the earliest (the iPhone with a USB-C interface will not be available). Apple plans to keep the Lightning port on this year’s new model (the iPhone 14 series).
The USB-C connector is slightly larger than the Lightning connector but can provide faster charging and data transfer rates but most Apple accessories – including AirPods, Apple TV remotes, MagSafe batteries, and MagSafe Duo chargers will still Will use Lightning. So Apple is also working on a USB-C adapter to alleviate this problem, but it’s unclear whether Apple will include it in the box or make it extra for users to pay for it.
There are also many third-party accessories like chargers, car adapters, and external microphones that use existing Lightning ports, and with the transition to USB-C, Apple will force third-party suppliers to redesign their products.
As for why you’re asking why Apple suddenly figured it out, there’s one key reason: the European Union’s decision to force phones and other device makers to adopt USB-C ports. Legislation on this requirement was passed in April of this year. It is unclear whether Apple will abandon the USB-C interface in the future if the new European law fails to materialize.
In any case, Apple has already started testing the new USB-C port of the iPhone, and it is expected that Apple’s non-interface iPhone will appear someday in the future.
In fact, Apple provided feedback to the European Commission on the issue of USB-C back in 2018: Apple stands for innovation and will drive consistency in the connectors built into all smartphones, an act that negates rather than encourages innovation. Such proposals are not good for the environment and cause unnecessary disruption to customers.
In addition to the Lightning connector already used in over 1 billion Apple devices, we have a complete ecosystem of accessory and device makers who use Lightning to serve our mutual customers.
We want to make sure that any new legislation doesn’t result in any unnecessary cables or external adapters coming with every device, or make the devices and accessories used by millions of Europeans and hundreds of millions of Apple users around the world “obsolete.”
This will lead to an unprecedented amount of e-waste, causing great inconvenience to users and disrupting this huge market with consequences that go far beyond the stated goals of the European Commission.
It is worth mentioning that in order to protect the environment, Apple has already cut off the accessories of Apple’s mobile phone when it launched the iPhone 12 series in 2020, leaving only a mobile phone and a data cable in the entire package.
Apple’s iOS 16 public beta may be delayed until July
According to the latest report, Apple will officially release major updates to iOS 16 and other operating systems at its WWDC 2022 developer conference on June 6, but a new report from Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman claims that iOS 16’s first public beta will launch a little later than usual.
Gurman said in a tweet that this year’s iOS 16 beta release schedule is a bit different. According to the reporter, Apple plans to launch the first public beta and third developer beta of iOS 16 in July. In previous years, the first public beta of a new iOS version was launched alongside the second developer beta.
The reason, Gurman said, is that the current build is a bit more buggy. Therefore, Apple engineers need more time to make the iOS 16 beta stable enough. However, he also mentioned that the situation may change.
It’s worth noting that new iOS developer betas are typically compiled days or even weeks before the official release. This means that now Apple may have completed the first beta version of iOS 16, which will be available to developers shortly after next month’s WWDC 2022 event.
According to recent rumors, iOS 16 is expected to bring major improvements to notifications and bring a new interface to iPad OS multitasking. As for watchOS 9, another report from Gurman suggests that the update will bring “significant upgrades to activity and health tracking.” He also believes that most watch interfaces will be redesigned to take advantage of the larger Apple Watch Series 7 screen.
Apple starts to use the Tap to Pay feature in Apple Park
In February this year, Apple announced a new system called “Tap to Pay on iPhone “, which allows individuals to make contactless payments, using only their iPhone as a payment terminal. With the feature turned on, users can conduct contactless transactions simply by placing their NFC iPhone or bank card on the receiving device’s phone.
It’s important to point out that the iPhone has supported contactless payments since Apple Pay launched in 2014. The new Tap to Pay feature focuses on receiving payments, no additional hardware is required to accept contactless payments, just an iPhone X S or a newer iPhone is all it takes into a mobile credit card machine.
The “Tap to Pay on iPhone” feature is not yet available to consumers, but businesses can use it through Shopify and Adyen’s point-of-sale commerce platforms. There has been some speculation that Tap to Pay will be supported in Apple Pay Cash in iOS 16, allowing iPhone users to send money to each other simply by holding their phones together.
For many years in Apple retail stores, employees have been able to accept Apple Pay payments through their mobile phones by attaching a special accessory to the iPhone. With Tap to Pay built into the iPhone system, these accessories are theoretically no longer needed.
As evidenced by a new video leaking online, Apple has begun using the Tap to Pay feature in Apple Park, where a customer completes a transaction at the Apple Park Visitor Center by simply leaning two iPhones against each other. Pay together.
It is normal for the Apple Park Visitor Center to serve as a testing ground for new changes in Apple retail stores in the future, and we look forward to the Tap to Pay feature being rolled out as soon as possible.
Apple iPhone’s supplier Pegatron alerts of coronavirus lockdown
According to the latest report, Apple’s assembly partner Pegatron said production at a Shanghai factory was affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, a warning that could hurt the manufacturing of iPhones and other products.
The coronavirus lockdown has created problems for manufacturers in China, and many of Apple’s assembly partners are struggling to keep operations as smooth as possible despite lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere. One supplier, Pegatron, confirmed that it was working to deal with the situation.
Moreover, Pegatron said production of communications equipment and consumer electronics will decline this quarter due to the coronavirus lockdown. But Pegatron did not say how much production would fall.
The announcement comes a month after Pegatron suspends operations at its Shanghai and Kunshan factories, drastically slashing output at its only two manufacturing bases in China.
Furthermore, Pegatron assembles 20 to 30 percent of all iPhone models, but it’s unclear whether the latest announcement means Apple-related production will take a hit, or if it will have a bigger impact on other Pegatron customers.
Apple is well-prepared for the impact of disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said on an April financial results call that revenue in the June quarter was likely to fall by $4 billion to $8 billion year over year due to coronavirus lockdowns and supply constraints.