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iPhone 15 with USB-C means you can kiss all your cables goodbye

My wife already stole two of them in the process of writing this article.

A technician is connecting a tool to a cable using a connector.
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Well, folks, it seems like it’s finally going to happen. After years of stubborn resistance, Apple has seen the light, and rumors point to the iPhone 15 getting a USB-C charging port instead of its proprietary Lightning connector.

Some may say this is no big deal, just a charging port switcheroo. But make no mistake–this is a watershed moment in Apple’s history.

It’s right up there with removing the headphone jack and adding copy and paste. No, really.

I mean, USB-C in 2023? Welcome to the party, Apple! Android phones have been rocking USB-C for years now.

The EU had to practically force Apple’s hand on this one. It’s about time the iPhone got with the times and adopted the universal standard already.

The iPhone 15 heralds the end of the Lightning connector

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Sure, some Apple fans are still making excuses like “Lightning is superior” or “Think of the accessories!” but let’s be real. This switch is long overdue. It’s like Apple finally admitted the Earth is round or discovered that fire is hot.

Now, don’t get me wrong–I’m thrilled about USB-C iPhones. The benefits are real–faster charging, higher data transfer speeds, and not having to untangle a rat king of Lightning cables (if you can ever find one).

It’s a huge win for consumers who’ve been forced to shell out for overpriced, proprietary Apple cables and accessories for far too long. The savings on cables alone will be huge.

But there is one catch I’m already mapping out in my head with everyone having the same USB-C chargers. Get ready for everyone to “accidentally” take each other’s cables all the time.

Just in my house alone, I can never last a week or two without having to buy a new set of cables.

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Do you know how everyone somehow ends up with a random lighter in their pockets after a party? Now imagine that with chargers. Those things are going to get pocketed subconsciously like cigarette lighters at a seedy roadside motel.

Mark my words, USB-C cables will become the most commonly “borrowed” item since the five-finger discount was invented.

So, while I’m pumped that Apple finally got with the program, I suggest taking precautions. Label your cables clearly, keep your eyes peeled for unexplained cable disappearances, and consider getting a secure charging station.

A small price to pay for the convenience and savings of USB-C. It’s a whole new world, folks. No more hoarding Lightning cables like they’re made of gold.

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