Apple confirms a major change: The iPhone is switching to USB-C — but it’s not happy about being forced to ditch its Lightning port

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  • Apple confirmed that iPhones with USB-C charging ports are coming to adjust to EU legal guidelines.
  • But the corporate is seemingly sad with having to make the swap and stated it has no different selection.
  • Currently, the regulation says all cell phones and tablets have to have a USB-C port by autumn 2024.

Apple confirmed that an iPhone with a USB-C port is coming to adjust to a new European Union regulation — but it would not appear too happy about it.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice chairman of worldwide advertising, stated the corporate will “obviously” be forced “to comply” with the EU rule, throughout a conversation with reporter Joanna Stern at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live convention.

“We have no choice,” Joswiak stated in response to Stern’s query about when USB-C iPhones are coming. He did not say if iPhones and different Apple merchandise bought outdoors the EU may also have the USB-C port.

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The law mandates that “all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU,” have to embody a USB-C port by autumn 2024.

Joswiak stated he “doesn’t mind governments telling us what they want to accomplish,” but that Apple has “pretty smart engineers” to determine the technical methods to accomplish issues. 

One instance, he stated, was when the US authorities made a regulation for cell phones to fulfill a listening to support compatibility, which he argued did not work. 

“We came up with a new way of doing hearing aids made for iPhone, actually made it an industry standard, that actually worked,” Joswiak stated.

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Apple and the EU have been “in an argument” for over 10 years about the push to USB-C, Joswiak stated, acknowledging that he understands the EU needs to “accomplish a good thing” with reducing e-waste. However, he stated Apple’s removable charging cables with USB appropriate energy adapters make it simple for anybody to use the cable that works with their system. 

“Over a billion people” use Apple’s chargers, Joswiak stated, including that making individuals throw away their Lightning cables is going to make extra e-waste. Thrown away and unused chargers make up an estimated 11,000 tons of e-waste annually, the European Parliament stated, including that having the common USB-C charger might save consumers up to 250 million euros a yr from not having to purchase completely different chargers.

“We think the approach would’ve been better environmentally, and better for our customers to not have a government be that prescriptive,” Joswiak stated.

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Apple did not instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark forward of publication.

Apple is one of the top smartphone suppliers in Europe, holding about 23% of the smartphone market share there. The Verge has previously pointed out that Apple might make iPhones that cost wirelessly which would offer a loophole to the USB-C requirement, but it appears like Apple is choosing a port — at the least for now.

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