A new report claims Apple is considering charging the iPhone 14 with a USB-C connector rather than Lightning. It could be the most significant change in the flagship product of the world's most valuable company.

Apple insider LeaksApplePro cites three reasons for the change: better transfer speeds, environmental concerns, and avoiding legal wranglings, particularly with the European Union, which pushed for a single charger for electronic devices in September.

"Much has been said about the iPhone 14, and its release is not even close, but I have received new information that Apple could bring something to the iPhone that many people, myself included, have wanted for years. I am talking about USB-C," LeaksApplePro said, citing "several sources familiar with the matter".

Although the iPhone 14 Pro will be the only model with a USB C port in 2022, the report claims that by 2023, even lower-end models would have this port. Furthermore, because Lightning cables still come with USB 2.0 speeds, data transfer speeds are a major consideration.

Some iPad Pro models with USB Type-C ports have previously supported USB 3.0, so it wouldn't be surprising if Apple follows suit in the near future with iPhones.

A switch to an USB-C port would upend Apple's user base once more, rendering all Lightning charging devices for iPhones outdated in an instant, and might be reminiscent of Apple's controversial removal of the 3.5mm audio port in favor of its proprietary Lightning technology in the iPhone 7 in 2016.

Apple's Lightning technology can deliver up to 12 watts of electricity, while USB-C can deliver up to 100 watts, allowing gadgets to receive more power in less time.

On Sept. 23, the EU stated that all devices should use a single type of charging port, with USB-C being the preferred option. It also released draft rules aimed at reducing waste and making life easier for people who own multiple devices.

Apple is opposed to a common connector, claiming that it will stifle innovation that could lead to more energy-efficient devices.

Of course, this is Apple, and it's long been assumed that the company's ideal path is to forego USB-C entirely and go portless, relying just on MagSafe for charging. So, a healthy dose of skepticism is necessary.

With major design changes, a supersized low priced model, the likely reintroduction of Touch ID, additional camera enhancements, and a controversial pill-shaped punch hole for Pro models, the iPhone 14 range is shaping up to be full of surprises.