While engineers have previously modified an iPhone to replace the Lightning port with a USB-C port, this is a completely different take on things. The engineer adds a second port to their iPhone in a YouTube video, placing a USB-C port on the right side of the existing Lightning port.
One Reddit user did point out an advantage of the dual-port design: “Now you can use headphones and charge at the same time like it’s 2016.” This, of course, refers to the removal of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, which caused some issues for iPhone users who preferred wired headphones.
Despite that one advantage, this is our worst nightmare. We’ve been pleading with Apple for years to switch from Lightning to USB-C, and the iPhone 15 may finally make our wishes come true. Let’s just hope this video doesn’t inspire Apple. Lightning can now float off into the sunset.
The iPhone 15 will finally use USB-C due to impending legislation in the European Union that will require almost all personal electronics to use a common charging port. However, a Friday rumor suggested that Apple may restrict certain features to certified cables and accessories. This would imply that Apple would keep its exclusive Made-For-iPhone ecosystem.