Thanks to new regulations being imposed by the EU, Apple must drop the Lightning port.
Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, has confirmed the iPhone will be making the switch to a USB-C port because “we have no choice.”
Joswiak and Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, had a conversation with The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern yesterday where the subject of cables and ports was broached. You can watch the 35-minute conversation in full below.
The European Union will require all phones, tablets, and cameras to use USB-C for charging before the end of 2024. Based on Apple's typical release cycle for new iPhone models, it means the iPhone 16 will need to ship with a USB Type-C port, although Apple could decide to make the switch next year on the iPhone 15.ice."