The newest iPhone from Apple will almost certainly contain a USB-C charging connector when it is unveiled on September 12. The business now utilizes its own Lightning adaptor on its phones, unlike rivals like Samsung.
To save consumers money and reduce waste, a European Union legislation mandates that phone makers adopt a standard charging connection by December 2024. The majority of new Apple products, including the most recent iPads, already utilize USB-C, although the company had advocated against the EU regulation.
When it was unveiled in September 2021, an Apple spokesman told BBC News that it will hurt consumers in Europe and other parts of the world because “strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than stimulating it.”
Since the 2017 release of the iPhone 8, wireless charging is supported on all iPhone models, and there are already Lightning to USB-C adapters available from other electronics merchants like Amazon.
Lightning Cable’s Last Stand
The Lightning cord, which costs £19 at the Apple store, may soon become obsolete as the current iPhone 14 appears to be the company’s final product to exclusively use it.
The tech giant is less likely to create a new model of the handset just for the European market, but it’s not obvious if this will be a change made to the product globally. The updates are anticipated to be included in the new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro devices, which are slated to be unveiled next week at the company’s yearly autumn event.
In accordance with a report by Bloomberg News, users will profit from the transition by having better internet speeds and the ability to charge their iPads, Macs, and iPhones with a single charger.
Laptops must comply with the requirements even if makers have more time to implement the improvements. The EU claims that it will save trash by 11,000 tons annually and save customers “up to €250m [£213m] a year on unnecessary charger purchases.”