The iPhones of Apple will switch over to charges of USB-C for the upcoming devices of iPhone. The company acknowledged this for the very first time officially at an event almost 2 months back. This move came a day after The European Union lawmakers voted for ratifying to enforcement of 1 common standard of charging for all the smartphones that will be sold in 2024.
Speaking at the Tech Live event of the Journal, Greg Joswiak, the worldwide marketing chief of Apple said Apple will necessarily have to agree with this ruling of the EU as they have got no other choice. As Joswiakacknowledged the shift, he signaled that the company was not enthused about being forced to take this decision by EU lawmakers. He noted that more than a billion people have already got devices that use the Lightning chargers of Apple.
Joswiak also commented that the USB-C cable and the proprietary cable of Lightning would not have existed if Apple had been fine with the usage of the older charging cable of micro-USB. This was demanded originally by the EU. But this cable had very poor reliability & was prone to get damaged easily. Hence it was discarded.
Joswiak also added that their company is open about the government telling them everything they wish to accomplish. But the engineers of Apple should be left on their own for coming up with solutions for accomplishing that, instead being compelled to follow one.
Why did Apple change to USB-C? Key background
The lawmakers from the member states of the EU provided the final approval for the new common standard of charging of the bloc for portable devices. All tablets, keyboards, wireless mice, gaming consoles, cameras, headphones, and smartphones will need to have a charging port USB Type-C by 2024’s end. All the laptops in the bloc will also have to comply with the rule by 2026.
Joswiakdidn’t offers a particular timeline for when this switch will come into force. The law of the EU will be effective in late 2024. Mark Gurman from Bloomberg has made a report that this USB-C charger was considered “a lock” for the iPhone 15 of next year. With the launching of the latest 10th Gen iPad, all the tablets of Apple already support USB charging. However, the AirPods of Apple still need lightning charges & will need a fresh design for supporting USB-C.
Gurman reported in a newsletter of him that this switch to USB-C by Apple can be considered a stop-gap measure. The company will soon embrace wireless charging on all their devices of them, essentially making a ‘portless’iPhone. The press release of the EU also noted that it was working for harmonizing interoperability requirements related to wireless charging by 2024. The move is supposed to be welcomed with less resistance because almost all the devices which support wireless charging, also support the interoperable charging standard of Qi.