In compliance with the new EU regulations, apple plans to switch to USB-C charging port. Apple confirmed its plan to change to a USB-C charging port on future phones on Tuesday. This decision was made in order to comply with the new EU regulations.
Things You Need to Know About USB-C change
As an iPhone user, you don’t have to ditch your existing charger when the change is finally effected. The old chargers will still work fine but other peripherals like docks, dongles, and attachable devices like controllers are likely to be rendered useless as the lightning plugs on these devices are non-removable.
Despite featuring the proprietary lightning port, iPhone and all Apple-made chargers already use the industry standard USB-Power Delivery spec, which means existing chargers will work perfectly fine with the upcoming USB-C iPhone. The only thing buyers of these new iPhones need to swap is the cable connecting the charger to the phone, which Apple usually includes in the box.
The global marketing chief for Apple, Greg Joswiak acknowledged this by stating that the company’s modern chargers come with detachable cables that can easily be replaced based on what device is being charged.
Users of the iPhone and the new iPad model should know that the same charger can be used for different devices by just swapping a single cable.
Note that this change to USB-C may allow some peripherals designed for Android devices to become compatible with the new iPhone while the old iPhone-compatible accessories won’t work.
The global marketing chief Joswiak while speaking at the wall street journal’s Tech Live event on Tuesday evening expressed his displeasure about Apple being forced to adopt the new standard saying the company is open to the government telling them what they want to accomplish with a regulation instead of mandating one.
He further stated that over a billion people across the world have cables with the lightning connector, and warned that many of these cables are now in danger of becoming e-waste due to the EU’s legislative actions.