GADGET fans can get upset about anything – even cable.
This week Apple decided to ditch the new iPhone 15’s old Lightning charging port and replace it with something much better.
Critics will complain that you can’t use your old Lightning cables on the new USB-C port (at least without an adapter).
It’s a bit like complaining that your new smart TV doesn’t record DVDs. The world has moved on, right?
I’ll do my best to convince you that your old Lightning cables need to go the way of the dodo.
It’s time for a better USB-C future. Join me in this utopia.
What the heck is USB-C anyway?
If you’ve used electronic devices in the last decade, you know that USB is a type of port.
Well, USB-C is also a type of port, but newer, better, smaller, faster and a lot less ugly.
USB-C dates back to 2014 and is now widely used to charge devices and transfer data.
The port is very common on modern Android phones and now appears regularly in cars, computers and consumer technology in general.
There’s even one built into the wall of the hotel room where I’m writing this article.
Apple also introduced USB-C on its iPad and MacBookin recent years.
In fact, there’s a chance you already have some of these cables at home.
Now the Lightning ports, which first came onto the market in 2012, have finally been eliminated from the iPhone. It is time. In their place comes USB-C.
So why shouldn’t we be angry?
You know that drawer full of countless cables that you have at home?
Well, this will continue to grow, only now it will come with the same beautiful cable: USB-C.
Isn’t that one?Thought? That all your devices will be connected via the same cable in the future?
Android and iPhone fans can come together in glorious cable sound like never before.
Your iPhone can be powered by the same cable that just powered your MacBook – and maybe even your PlayStation DualSense controller or your favorite novel table fan.
It sounds impossible. It seems like just yesterday that every device manufacturer had their own unique cable for every single product.
I still have cabinets full of strange cables whose origins I’m not sure of.
Of course, I’m worried about throwing them away in case I need to plug in a long-forgotten laptop from 2008.
That cursed cable quagmire of a life will soon be a strange and distant memory as everything can be connected from USB-C port to USB-C port and back again.
And even if you’re upset about all of this, the anger shouldn’t be directed at Apple. They didn’t really have a choice.
Last year, the EU passed a law forcing device manufacturers to include USB-C in their new products.
Apple would have had to make the change from 2024 anyway.
There will certainly be a lot of electronic waste in the near future.
But the EU rightly assumes that it will reduce electronic waste in the long term.
You can tell your grandchildren about the selfless act of buying an iPhone 15 and saving the planet. Not all heroes wear capes.
USB-C also has some technical advantages over Lightning.
A USB-C port can support higher performance levels than Lightning and deliver faster dataspeeds.
The big advantage, however, is that the same cable is used for everything. This is the dream, soon to become reality.
So while we should rightly mourn the Lightning cable and the good times we had with it, it’s time to accept that it will ultimately face the same fate as watching movies on VHS and using an abacus for counting.
I connect you to USB-C on the other side.