It is nothing new that Apple prevents the harmonization of all charging ports to USB-C with its Lightning connector on the iPhone. The EU now wants to change that.
USB-C is now the standard for current Android smartphones. This has a decisive advantage. Users can use one charging cable for several devices. That saves resources and is thus more sustainable. There is also less chaos in the drawers at home. Apple itself uses USB-C for its MacBooks and iPads. atechbook explains how things could now progress with iPhones.
EU wants iPhones with USB-C
If the European Union has its way, smartphone manufacturers should use a uniform charging standard. A majority of members of the European Parliament had already spoken out in favor of this in 2020. A draft law in September should finally get the standardization underway. This could oblige smartphone manufacturers to use USB-C.
Will Apple have to release the iPhone 13 with USB-C?
Apple will present its next iPhone generation in September. This also means that the new iPhone 13 devices have already been produced. Probably with a Lightning connector again. So are they even allowed to be sold like this in Europe? Since the draft law is only due in September, nothing stands in the way of the new iPhones being released. A lot of time will pass from the draft to the finished law. We probably can’t expect it before the iPhone 14 or even later. We estimate it as likely that Apple will change the charging port by then anyway. This assumption is based on the introduction of USB-C on the iPads and the possibility of perhaps completely doing without charging sockets at some point. According to our estimates, this could be the case for the iPhone 15. The devices could then only be charged wirelessly, and headphones could only be connected via Bluetooth.
Also interesting: iPhone 13 – all information about design, features and price.
Why is Apple resisting the change for so long?
Officially, Apple claims that standardizing the ports would slow down innovations. That is even true, but you should also know that the company earns money with the Lightning connector. Obviously, this is the sale of chargers and charging cables. The Lightning connector also allows Apple to offer certification to accessory manufacturers. Of course, this costs money. In return, manufacturers are allowed to print a corresponding certification logo on their products.