According to the European Union’s requirements, which demand that all phones sold in its member countries utilize the port for charging and data transfer, US technology corporation Apple has stated that it will transition to the USB Type C connector for the iPhone.
The change was approved by the European Parliament on October 5, and it will go into force in 2024. On Tuesday, the multinational corporation revealed for the first time that, despite its disagreement with the new legislation, it will be required to abide by it.
Greg Joswiak, senior vice president of marketing at Apple, said the company will abide by the EU verdict while speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Tech Live event.
For the majority of its products, including the iPhone, iPad, and Airpods, Apple currently uses the Lightning connector, which it first debuted roughly ten years ago.
Joswiak claims that Apple thinks it has achieved balance by employing a type of connection that can be disconnected from the power brick, allowing one side to have Lightning and the other to have the USB-C or USB-A connector that the user finds most convenient.
“We’ve improved, and now we have power adapters with detachable cords. They are all either USB-A or USB-C, and you can select the cable that is best for your device. Over a billion people now have access to that (lightning) connector, and they can use what they currently own without being inconvenienced or creating a lot of electronic garbage”, said Joswiak.
Joswiak claimed that the single charger legislation has been a difficult issue to regulate and that the EU and Apple have been involved “in this little bit of a conflict.”
He claimed that Apple had also rejected an attempt by EU legislators to standardize on the now-outdated micro-USB port.
Apple just added USB-C ports to their products, including the most recent iPad.
According to Bloomberg, the business intends to use USB-C starting with the iPhone 15, which is anticipated to be released in 2019.