Apple iPhone May Finally Switch to USB-C, and That's a Good Thing
As we optimistically approach Apple's September 12 Cupertino, California event, we are hearing a lot of rumors. We are in a new day and age where we are not getting rumors or things spoiled, we are almost expected to know what is coming out before it is officially released. It's kind of like a package showing up early - we know it's coming and it doesn't make it any less exciting.
Glossing over a slew of new rumors including a budget version of the new iPhone, an iPad stylus, and an Apple Watch update, there is one thing getting me very excited - the USB-C. It was not too long ago I was praising the USB-C as it made a cameo with almost every notable product at the Berlin-based consumer electronics show IFA. What it indicates to the industry is that we can all start getting on the same page and start the transition into the brave future Apple predicted so long ago.
Yes, Apple has included USB-C slowly, including the MacBook and rumored in the newest iPad, but now is the time for it to come to the iPhone. Lightning and Thunderbolt have long been the champion of the Apple ecosystem, but this new about-face is exactly what everyone needs to really buy into the premise. As much as I pout and complain of Apple's predatory tactics to make a proprietary charging system, I understand why they had to do it.
And it all comes down to the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 shipped with Lightning, two years before USB-C was even finalized. Switching over would mean years and an impossible amount of money to reinvest in how everything from the iPad to the MacBook was made.
But we are finally on the other side of that investment. Not only is USB-C becoming ubiquitous within the consumer electronics industry, Apple is known to change the pace of anything it touches. For better or for notch, they have a King Midas effect on emerging technologies even if they aren't the first to introduce it. As much as it would seem that Apple could make more money off proprietary chargers, opening their ecosystem up to USB-C is a way to bring back Android switchers who can make less and less arguments to stay away from what is otherwise the leader in smartphone hardware.