Apple to comply with EU regulation requiring USB-C charging on electronic devices, according to Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. This means that future iPhone models will need to switch from Apple’s proprietary Lightning charging standard to USB-C. Analysts and media reports suggest that the upcoming iPhone models, expected in September, could feature a USB Type-C charger port.
USB-C is a widely used charging port found on laptops, Android phones, iPads, and various other gadgets. Its inclusion on iPhones would eliminate the need for iPhone users to carry multiple cables while traveling. Android users would be able to borrow chargers from iPhone owners, and vice versa. Schools and businesses could benefit from standardizing their charger options using USB-C, as it offers compatibility across devices.
In addition to convenience, USB-C could potentially enable faster charging speeds for iPhones. While Apple has not confirmed the use of USB-C charging ports on new iPhone models, compliance with the EU regulation is expected. The regulation, which requires USB-C ports on new smartphones by 2024, is unlikely to lead Apple to create a separate iPhone model solely for the European market.
The EU estimates that this regulation could save Europeans 250 million euros per year on chargers and reduce e-waste by preventing the disposal of old chargers. However, Apple had initially opposed the regulation, citing concerns about hampered charging innovation, potential early removal of devices from the market, and confusion for consumers.
Apple argued that a single connector requirement may hinder the introduction of beneficial charging standards related to safety and energy efficiency. Despite these concerns, Apple’s decision to comply with the regulation demonstrates its commitment to being in line with EU standards. iPhone users can look forward to a transition to USB-C charging in the near future, marking a significant change for Apple’s flagship device.
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