Apple has expressed direct affirmation that the iPhone is shifting to USB-C. Apple marketing lead Greg Joswiak stated that even if his team is not satisfied with the replacement, the company will change the Lighting port.
Craig Federighi, the software VP was also included in the interview but nobody announced when this move exactly will happen.
The Apple executives said, “the Europeans are the ones dictating timing for European customers”. Such a statement is a cultured way of saying nothing about when will the switch happen. Joswiak denied to respond whether Apple will ship a connector sold outside the EU, but that appears very unlikely.
The executives also mentioned Apple’s devotion to going its way and believing in its engineers instead of following up with standards made by lawmakers and approving third-party hardware. He even talked about micro-USBs and how Apple has been expected to meet ill-considered needs.
The marketing lead also brought up that charging bricks with detachable cables solved the matter of standardization, requesting the switch to USB-C would produce a lot of e-waste as people are convinced to buy new cables and discard the old ones.
Why is Apple moving to USB-C?
Later last month, the European Parliament permitted a law demanding a uniform charging cord for all smartphones and mobile devices such as laptops or wireless headphones.
The rules would need all mobile phones, tablets, and cameras sold in EU countries to feature a USB-C charging port by 2024, while laptops would have until 2026.
Why is the EU requiring this?
The EU said the new law will prevent consumers from spending their money on different charging cords to keep their mobile devices charged. Officials also said the requirements will help control electronic waste outdated chargers cause and prevent customers from being locked into a specific manufacturer because of a branded charging standard.