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 and Apple could also be ready for a new port.
USB-C is now the standard on 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 drawers at home. Apple itself uses USB-C for its MacBooks and iPads, but continues to insist on Lightning for its iPhones. However, a rethink may now be on the horizon. atechbook explains how things could now proceed with the 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 final agreement is expected for this summer, so that smartphone manufacturers could probably be obliged to use USB-C from mid-2024.
Will Apple have to equip the iPhone with USB-C?
Apple will unveil its next-generation iPhone in September. Most likely, however, the iPhone 14 will still be equipped with the old familiar Lightning connector this year. After all, it will still take some time from the expected design to the finished bill. However, the situation is different for the iPhone 15, which is expected in 2023. Here, a change of the connector seems quite likely. The well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also sees it that way.
My latest survey indicates that 2H23 new iPhone will abandon Lightning port and switch to USB-C port. USB-C could improve iPhone's transfer and charging speed in hardware designs, but the final spec details still depend on iOS support.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 11, 2022
“My latest survey shows that the new iPhone 2H23 will abandon the Lightning port and switch to the USB-C port, Kuo said. At the same time, Apple can make data transfer much faster with the new port than with Lightning and also reduce charging times, he added.
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Why is Apple resisting a changeover for so long?
Until now, Apple has vehemently opposed a change in the iPhone’s connector. Officially, the company claims that standardizing the ports would slow down innovations. That is even true, but you should also know that the company earns money from 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.
However, the EU is virtually putting a gun to Apple’s head with the new law on standardized connections. If Apple wants to continue offering its iPhones in Europe in the coming years, the company will probably have no choice but to switch from Lightning to the required USB-C.