All AirPods models, MacBooks, iPhones & Mac accessories like the Magic Trackpad and Magic Keyboard are likely to include USB-C by 2024, according to Bloomberg's Marc Gurman.
Last week, the European Parliament approved a new directive to legally force manufacturers to implement USB-C as a common charging port across a wide range of devices in Europe by late 2024. In his latest "Power On" newsletter, Gurman said that Apple has been preparing behind the scenes to make changes to its current and future line up of devices to meet these new legal requirements.
Gurman believes that Apple will get out in front of the legislation's date of application in late 2024 with most all of its products. Claiming the future iPhone 15 will beat the EU's mandate by a year, featuring a USB-C port on release date in September 2023. The entry level iPad, the only iPad to still feature a Lightning connector, switch to USB-C by the end of this year.
Mr. Gurman speculated that if Apple releases a new iPhone SE model in March 2024 with a Lightning port instead of a USB-C port, it will be in compliance with EU law since it would launch before the end of the year and any newly released iPhone SE model in 2025 or 2026 would feature USB-C charging port.
All AirPods models, as well as the Magic Trackpad, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse, will need to make the switch when new versions are released. Several major Mac updates next year, including a new iMac and a Mac Pro, and said that "one could probably assume that move coincides with accessory updates."
Despite the switch to USB-C across the board Apple's family of products, Gurman said that he thinks the USB-C era will short lived and shorter than the tenure of the 30-pin iPod connector or Lightning connector "at least for Apple's mobile devices." The iPod connector and Lightning will have been on new Apple devices for around 11 years each before they were phased out, and Gurman still believes that "Apple's future is wireless and that some version of the canceled AirPower dream from 2017 will still eventually come to fruition – well before a decade from now."
He included that "at some point in the next few years," Apple will probably begin transitioning entirely to inductive wireless charging on the iPhone and the iPad, a move that largely excludes the devices from EU law mandating a the inclusion of a USB-C port. A move that is so Apple...