Waking up on a Sunday morning, nothing warms my heart more than a warm cup of coffee and a new edition of the Power On newsletter, by the one and only Gurmy Boy – Mark Gurman.
In his latest edition of Power On, Mark gives us his expert, educated, delectable analysis on Apple’s switch from Lightning to USB-C and his protected timeline for Tim and Co to finally pull the trigger:
I’d bet the next versions of the regular AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max all move to USB-C, and that transition should be done by 2024.Mark Gurman
So far, Mark believes we could expect Apple to shift all of the current AirPods product lines to UCB-C by the end of 2024, which is a very reasonable timeline. Other than AirPods, the currently available Mac accessories (Magi Mouse, Keyboard and Trackpad) are the only remaining Apple products other than iPhone (and like one old-ass iPad) that needs to make the switch to USB-C:
Behind the scenes, though, Apple has been preparing for this law. I think the company will even handily beat the due date with its most visible products. The iPhone 15 is essentially a lock to get USB-C in the fall of 2023, beating the mandate by a year. The one remaining iPad without USB-C (the entry-level model), should be getting the port by the end of this year.Mark Gurman
Due to the new forward progress on the EU’s new law, Apple (and other companies) will be required to complete the switch of their new products to USB-C by the end of 2024. Mark believes Apple will have no issue with the change, though they aren’t happy about it.
Apple’s inevitable switch to USB-C has been seen in the adoption of USB-C on a majority of iPad models and of course Mac, though they’ve been dragging their feet on iPhone and others for reasons unknown. Gurman is of the belief that Apple’s disgruntled demeanor and public disagreement with the EU law has been a case of “we were gonna do it anyway, but now that you’re telling us to WE DON’T WANNA”:
But (Apple) can’t publicly agree with the EU because then it would seem that a government is guiding its product development plans and that would set a bad precedent: If you don’t like how an Apple product works, try to change it via law.Mark Gurman
The next few years are going to be a wild ride for Timmy and friends, but good things are coming! There’s nothing but positives from Apple completing the switch to USB-C. Gone will be the days of having to have multiple types of cables in your home if you’re an Apple-Boy. We can just have one, and that pleases me.