Apple confirms the iPhone is getting USB-C, however isn’t completely happy in regards to the purpose why



Apple has given its most direct affirmation but {that a} USB-C-equipped iPhone is coming now that the European Union is mandating that each one telephones offered in its member international locations use the connector if they’ve a bodily charger. When requested by The Wall Avenue Journal’s Joanna Stern if the corporate could be changing Lighting, Apple advertising lead Greg Joswiak answered by saying: “clearly we’ll must comply, we now have no alternative.”

Stern introduced the legislation up throughout a chat with Joswiak and software program VP Craig Federighi on the WSJ’s Tech Stay convention, and adopted up by asking after we might count on to see USB-C on an iPhone. Joswiak replied by saying that “the Europeans are those dictating timing for European clients.” Presently, the legislation dictates that “all cell phones and tablets” must use USB-C by “autumn 2024.” Joswiak refused to reply whether or not the corporate would come with the connector on telephones offered exterior the EU.

However he made it abundantly clear that Apple isn’t completely happy about being legally coerced into making the change. Earlier than acknowledging that the corporate should adjust to the legislation, Joswiak went into an extended clarification about how Apple has traditionally most well-liked to go its personal method and belief its engineers somewhat than be compelled into adopting {hardware} requirements by lawmakers. He cited examples round Micro USB and listening to assist compliance as conditions the place Apple has been pushed to fulfill ill-considered necessities.

He additionally instructed that charging bricks with removable cables have principally solved the problem of standardization, and claimed that switching the iPhone to Lightning to USB-C would trigger plenty of e-waste. (Personally I don’t discover this argument compelling; I’ve to switch most of my Lightning cables each few years anyhow, at across the similar cadence I purchase new telephones, as a result of they put on out or get chewed on by cats.)

Nonetheless, it’s telling what wasn’t talked about: a portless iPhone that depends solely on wi-fi charging, one thing that may theoretically be allowed. Joswiak didn’t say that the corporate was weighing its choices, or contemplating if there have been methods it might get round the necessity to put USB-C on the iPhone. As a substitute, we received a resigned, barely winding reply that result in what looks like an inevitable conclusion: USB-C is the longer term port for connecting to and charging your iPhone.