Apple Forced to Include USB Type-C in Upcoming iPhones: Will This Finally Mean an End to Lightning?

Apple USB C

After the European Union makes Type-C chargers mandatory, Apple hinted that it may include Apple USB C charging port in the upcoming generation of iPhones. In this case, both Android and iPhone devices can utilize the same chargers.

EU approves Law that will require iPhones to use USB-C 

Recently, the EU established new regulations requiring most personal electronics to transition to USB-C for data transfers and charging. For the first time, Apple has confirmed that it would be necessary to comply with this new law, even though the corporation continues to fundamentally disagree with the new common charger regulations’ underlying principles.

The first-ever law requiring USB-C as a “common port” will likely have an impact on Apple in particular because the company frequently uses the Lightning connector rather than USB-C on many of its gadgets. MEPs assert that the change will lessen electronic waste, address product sustainability, and improve the convenience of using various devices.

All new devices, mobile phones, tablets, headphones, gaming consoles, keyboards, mice, portable speakers, earbuds, and laptops that are rechargeable via a wired cable and have a power delivery of up to 100 Watts must have a USB-C port. 

Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and some sports equipment too small to have a USB-C port will be exempt, but the law will eventually cover more gadgets. Additionally, businesses will need to make sure that specific labels properly educate customers about the charging capabilities of the products they purchase.

The EU also wants to ensure that all options are interoperable as wireless charging technology advances over time. The directive gives the European Commission the authority to adopt delegated acts by the end of 2024 that mandate businesses make their customized wireless charging solutions more open and compliant with interoperability standards.

This will prevent consumers from becoming locked into proprietary charging solutions while limiting fragmentation and reducing waste.

iPhone USB C

Apple USB C Implementation:

It will go into effect 20 days after publication, and the regulations will be in effect for 24 months. Products that are put up for sale before the application date are exempt and can keep selling after that.

Apple intends to switch to iPhone USB C with the release of the iPhone 15 next year, according to reports from sources including Bloomberg and Ming-Chi Kuo.

This means we may see iPhone USB C charger with iPhone 15 in the fourth quarter of 2023.  Since it can now be charged with any USB C charger like an Android device, the iPhone no longer needs a separate Apple USB C charger.

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