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Apple has transferred another of its products to USB-C. The Pad mini and Apple Watch SE are now all-in-one on the new connection. Only the base iPad and iPhone models remain a fan of Lightning.
The Lightning port has allowed a wide range of accessories since its introduction in 2012 to replace the 30-pin connector. With next year being its tenth anniversary, I think it’s finally time to say goodbye to Lightning, tear off the band-aid, and fully embrace the USB-C world.
When Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 7 at its “California Streaming” event this week, it revealed that the new watch will come with a USB-C charging cable instead of USB-A in order to support faster charging speeds. The company also announced the new redesigned iPad mini which ditched the Lightning port in favor of USB-C like the iPad Air and the iPad Pro above.
Today, it was also revealed that Apple is also bringing the USB-C charging cable to the Apple Watch SE. Customers who purchase the watch will now receive the same charging cable as the Apple Watch Series 7 when it launches later this fall.
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After thinking about it for a while, I realized that the only big Apple products that are left with a Lightning port are the base model iPad and, of course, the iPhone. The company’s headphones are also still Lightning port fans, but I’m throwing them under the accessories category here.
While I agree that the iPhone should be the last product Apple converts to USB-C, I think that’s around the time. I can’t get the picture of the iPhone 13 Pro Max out of my mind looking for another product that always flips that connector and the base model of the iPad is like, “Hey, over here! Me too !”
Source : iMore
USB-C is (or already is) the standard to which all products are heading. Even cheap electronics on Amazon are already moving to USB-C. It’s fantastic technology that allows power, audio, video, and data transfer to work through a single connector.
I even think of Apple doing it for all of us with friends who have Android phones. The fact that I need to keep two different cables in my car and almost all Android phones now use USB-C, I can’t help but look at my Lightning cable like “why are you still here? ”.
Of course, things get complicated when it comes to accessories. A ton of Apple accessories like the company’s headphones, keyboards and mice still use this technology. However, we all have Lightning cables lying around to charge these devices while Apple is also transferring them. It is a reality that we will have to face, but the sooner the better.
I want to live in this world where I can carry a cable and it can charge all of my Apple devices. If I pack my MacBook Air, iPad Air, and iPhone for a trip, the iPhone is now the Weird Man and I’m stuck with a Lightning cable.
Having a single USB-C that does it all is this charging utopia that we’re so close to and Apple just needs to bite the bullet and get everyone in there. They’ve been pushing us in this direction for years now with the Mac and iPad, so they’ve given us plenty of time to prepare for it.
The 30-pin connector died almost ten years ago. The best ten-year anniversary gift Apple gives us with the Lightning connector would be to pull it out as well.
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