Many people have been awaiting Apple to finally ditch the proprietary Lightning port and swap it out for a USB-C port, like literally any other smartphone out there or even other Apple hardware. The company will finally add USB-C to the iPhone soon — as the European Union forced its hand.
Apple’s senior VP of worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak, was asked by The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern about whether the iPhone would be getting a USB-C port in the future. The answer was clear — it will, but only because Apple doesn’t have a choice. Mr. Joswiak said that “we’ll have to comply; we have no choice,” adding that “it would have been better to not have a government be that prescriptive.”
European law currently dictates that all smartphones and tablets will have to use USB-C by autumn 2024. Currently, rumors say that the iPhone 15 lineup will come with a USB-C port, but those are very early rumors, and technically, adhering to the law, Apple could get away with at least one more generation of Lightning-equipped iPhones (in 2023) before making the move.
There are many ways that Apple could get its way here, really. For one, the company could opt to launch a USB-C-equipped iPhone only in Europe, leaving the US and other markets with a Lightning port. It wouldn’t be the first time iPhones differed in hardware depending on the region, either — US iPhone 14 models come without a SIM card slot and are eSIM-only, while iPhone 14 phones sold everywhere else do have one. However, with iPads fully transitioning to USB-C, we might actually see Apple launch USB-C models of the iPhone in the US as well.
USB-C could also be a stopgap solution before Apple’s next big move — a portless iPhone. Apple has reportedly been working on this internally for a long time, and it would technically be allowed under EU law, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Apple moves in this direction quicker. One thing’s clear, though — you’ll soon be able to charge your iPhone with a USB-C cable.
Source: The Verge
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