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I’m a tech expert – here’s why Apple SHOULD kill its lightning cable

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AN INDUSTRY expert is railing against the iPhone’s charging cable and insisting Apple pivot to a more universally available cord.

The Lightning cable was introduced in 2012 with the release of the iPhone 5 – nine iPhones later, it’s still Apple’s choice of plug.

The Lightning cable succeeded the rectangular 30-pin charger

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The Lightning cable succeeded the rectangular 30-pin chargerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The USB-C and Lightning port are comparable in size

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The USB-C and Lightning port are comparable in sizeCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Steve Jobs’ philosophy for Apple hinged on controlling the whole of the user experience.

Jobs wanted Apple programs to run on Apple devices powered by white Apple cables.

Unfortunately, the uniqueness of Apple’s Lightning cable has created a scrambled world of mismatching tech, where users across devices cannot share chargers.

TechRadar US Editor in Chief Lance Ulanoff thinks the iPhone should be reimagined with A USB-C port in place of the Lightning port.

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“When Apple does introduce its first USB-C iPhone, followed by the iPad, you should welcome the change,” Ulanoff wrote.

“You will notice that the cables you have for any number of other gadgets produced within the last five years now also work with your new iPhone.”

Several devices are currently powered by USB-C, including the Macbook Pro and other non-Apple tech tools.

Adopting interchangeable parts won’t just make users across platforms happy, it’ll satisfy governments as well.

The European Union is processing an initiative that would force tech companies to adopt one interchangeable cable for all phone.

The purpose of the bill is to reduce e-waste and encourage buyers to reuse cables from previous purchases.

“Having one common charging standard would be a victory for common sense in the eyes of consumers,” an industry analyst told BBC.

“This is a win, so get over it,” Ulanoff said, concluding his piece with the decisiveness of a judge swinging a gavel.

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Apple demurred, saying the universal charger will harm innovation.

Industry experts think Apple will roll out the iPhone with USB-C charging capabilities in about two years with the release of the iPhone 15 – but they could surprise us all and make USB-C a feature of the iPhone 14.

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