With the news that the European Parliament has voted on a new rule requiring all new phones and small electronics that use a charging cable to be equipped with a USB-C port, Apple has some big decisions to make. The change only applies to products sold in Europe, but will likely affect Apple’s worldwide product line.
While Apple has moved to USB-C on Macs and most of its iPads, some products still use the proprietary Lightning port that was introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012, including the iPhone 14. Here are 10 devices you will need to switch , since as soon as Apple updates them:
Last updated: September 2022 (iPhone 14)
The iPhone 14 is probably the last model with a Lightning port. While the next iPhone arrives on the EU deadline of 2024, rumors suggest that Apple will move to USB-C with the iPhone 15. Not only will it provide universal charging with your MacBook and iPad, but USB-C will open up as well. the door to faster data transfer, which will be a welcome new feature now that the iPhone 14 Pro can capture 48MP ProRAW photos.
Last updated: September 2021 (9th generation)
Rumor has it that Apple won’t even wait until 2023 to upgrade its last remaining Lightning-based iPad to USB-C. An update to the entry-level model is likely to arrive in October, with a rumored new design with thinner bezels and a larger display.
Charging case for AirPods/AirPods Pro
Last updated: March 2022 (3rd generation) / September 2022 (2nd generation)
While the AirPods and AirPods Pro cases received MagSafe charging last year, they still use Lightning for cable charging despite having enough room for a USB-C port on the bottom of the case. Apple only recently released both models of AirPods, so they’re unlikely to get another update until 2025, but it’s possible that Apple will quietly release a new USB-C case for existing models alongside the iPhone 15.
Last updated: December 2020 (1st generation)
When Apple introduced the AirPods Max in December 2020, they didn’t have a charging case. Instead, Apple included a Lightning cable on the side for charging (or wired listening via an optional Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable). If Apple updates the AirPods Max with an H2 chip for adaptive transparency or introduces new colors in 2023, that Lightning port will almost certainly change to USB-C.
Magic keyboard, magic trackpad, magic mouse
Last updated: March 2022 (new colors)
Apple hasn’t redesigned its trio of Mac accessories for almost a decade, but introduces new colors fairly regularly. In 2021, all three accessories – Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Mouse – received new colors to match the new 24-inch iMac, and the Magic Keyboard received a Touch ID sensor. Then earlier this year, Apple began offering black versions of accessories along with the Mac Studio and Studio Display. While we don’t expect Apple to surprise us with a Magic Mouse that charges properly (meaning you don’t have to turn it over to connect the charger), if Apple updates an iMac with an M3 processor next year, as rumor has it, it will also USB-C accessories need to be updated.
Last updated: September 2016 (1st generation)
Apple started bundling Lightning EarPods with iPhones back when it removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. These days, you’ll have to buy them separately for $19 if you want a pair, but we’re guessing they’ll be discontinued. as soon as Apple switches iPhone to USB-C.
Last updated: June 2020 (new colors)
While most Apple Beats products use USB-C or micro-USB for charging, there is one – the PowerBeats Pro – that still uses a Lightning-to-USB-C cable for charging. The next time Apple releases new colors or updates the PowerBeats Pro, things will change.