Following months of speculation and third-party claims, Apple has today formally declared that it will shortly transition all of its iPhones to USB C. In response to the European Union’s directive, the corporation has issued its most direct confirmation that the report is real.
Unbeknownst to many, the European Union has established a new legislation requiring Apple to include a USB C connector on all iPhones sold in its member countries, a connection that is currently available on a variety of other OEM items such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and more.
The Wall Street Journal questioned Apple’s vice president of worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak, if the company planned to replace Lightning connectors. Obviously, we’ll have to cooperate; we don’t have an option, he answered.
During the Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference, Joswiak and Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president of software, raised the problem. When asked when we may see USB C on iPhones, Apple officials stated, “The Europeans are the ones setting scheduling for European users.”
Even though Apple hasn’t confirmed it, it’s likely that we won’t see the change on iPhones until that year, because existing law requires it to be implemented by “fall 2024.” Furthermore, he states “for European consumers,” which could imply that only European iPhones would have USB C functionality.
Joswiak also stated that Apple is dissatisfied with being obliged to utilise USB C by legislation. Instead of being obliged by government to accept hardware standards, he argued that Apple has always decided to build its own course and trust its engineers.
He also mentioned other concerns, such as the potential rise in e-waste caused by the migration to USB C, but they weren’t as persuasive because Lightning cords still need to be changed every few years.