It was inevitable, really, but following EU legislation requiring USB-C to become the common charging standard, Apple has now confirmed that it will comply with the law and switch from Lightning to USB-C in future iPhones.
Greg Joswiak (Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing) said this in a Wall Street Journal video interview (opens in new tab)confirming that “obviously, we will have to comply”.
Joswiak didn’t say exactly when this change will take place, as the law won’t go into effect until 2024, so it’s possible the iPhone 15 still has Lightning, but equally Apple may not wait to make the change inevitable, and indeed, there are rumors that the iPhone 15 will use USB-C when it arrives next year.
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Joswiak would also not know whether this change will apply globally or just in Europe, so there is still some uncertainty.
It is clear from the interview, however, that this is not a change the company wants to make. Despite switching to USB-C for iPads and Macs, Joswiak noted that moving iPhones to USB-C will create a lot of e-waste as the billions of Lightning cables around the world will no longer be usable with future products.
He believes that by making the cables removable from the power pack (so you can plug the cable of your choice into the pad) Apple struck a good balance that doesn’t bother customers and that this forced the switch to USB-C. not the best thing for most of your customers.
He also pointed out that governments have tried to standardize micro-USB connectors in the past, and that if that had happened, there would likely be no Lightning or USB-C cable – both of which are superior to micro-USB.
All are reasonable points, but with Apple’s move to USB-C in other products, the growing popularity of wireless charging, and rumors of a portless iPhone, it seems that Lightning’s days were likely numbered with or without interference from the HUH.
Review: Expect USB-C globally
While Joswiak didn’t say whether future iPhones will also switch to USB-C in the US and other regions outside the EU, it seems very likely that they will.
Your argument about junk e-mail might mean we still see Lightning elsewhere in order to minimize the number of unusable Lightning cables, but developing and producing iPhones with different ports for different regions seems to create a level of cost and hassle that could have been avoided. with global change.
Also, as noted above, the days of Lightning ports are probably numbered anyway. Junk e-mail aside, Joswiak’s problems seem to be mostly about USB-C standardization rather than the iPhone having a USB-C port. So, in a short time all of the best phones will likely have the same charging port.