Apple decides to shift from its proprietary Lightning Port to a USB C port for iPhones in European Union (EU). On the other hand, it is unclear if the same rule will also apply outside the EU. The decision is due to the EU’s parliamentary decision earlier this week.
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As per the parliament’s approval, EU consumers will have universal single-charging solutions for electronic devices.
According to it, by the end of 2024, all new cell phones, tablets, computerized cameras, earphones and headsets, handheld videogame control centers and versatile speakers, tablets, consoles, mice, convenient route frameworks, headphones, and workstations with wired link, working with a power conveyance of up to 100 Watts, should have a USB Type-C port.
The rule is to reduce electronic waste, which results due to multiple types of chargers for multiple devices.
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Greg Joswiak, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, confirms that they will comply with the new regulation at Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live event.
Jozwiak added that even though the EU regulation is for a larger environmental goal, consumers worldwide will suffer as Apple accessories use Lightning connectors. The process of discarding these connectors will result in more e-waste.
He did not give the exact timeline of USB C-type connectors on iPhones. However, as per the Guardian, iPhone15 may be the first one to have a such connector in September 2023.
What about non-European countries?
As per usatoday.com particularly the USA will not get directly affected. The users may use these modified versions once the products reach there. This might be a kind of benefit as the USB C type is comparatively stronger than the lightning connector. Technically nothing is going to harm the consumers.